Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the hospital

And now half the country is holding its breath until November, scared that the Court might tilt even more conservative.  From the AP:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Tuesday with an infection caused by a gallstone, but plans to take part in the court’s arguments by telephone Wednesday, the Supreme Court said.
The 87-year-old justice underwent non-surgical treatment for what the court described as acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
She is resting comfortably and expects to be in the hospital for a day or two, the court said.
But Ginsburg is a tough cookie.  She participated in oral argument yesterday and today, and says she will call in front the hospital tomorrow.  Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!

It’s been an interesting two days of arguments.  Although I like the free-for-all of judges asking questions when they see fit, this format of asking questions by seniority has led to some interesting exchanges.  And we have seen Justice Thomas ask questions two days in a row!  Justice Sotomayor is all of us as she has forgotten to unmute her phone two days in a row. From AJC:
For a second straight day, Justice Clarence Thomas - who once went more than a decade from 2006-2016 without asking a single question in oral arguments - was instead a veritable legal chatterbox by phone."What has changed since this case was here last?" Thomas asked attorneys, in a case about rules related to federal funding for HIV/AIDS relief by overseas affiliates of U.S. non-profit groups.
“Justice Sotomayor?" Chief Justice John Roberts said, indicating that Sotomayor was next up for questions.After eight seconds of silence, the Chief Justice repeated himself."Justice Sotomayor?"There was a noise on the line, and an apology."I am sorry, Chief," Sotomayor said, sounding a bit sheepish. "Did it again."
Oops, I did it again...


Anonymous said...

Have you seen the decision from the Eleventh in the appeal from Judge Cooke's order on Metro West. It should have started 'Let them eat cake." The absolute failure of the majority to consider whether any of the facts were true and the decision that monies could be spent better than on prisoners is just shocking. They have advanced the appeal. maybe not too many will die or get sick while we wait for the Eleventh to act. Meanwhile, as anyone knows who has a client at Metrowest, they have done nothing to reduce the population in each cell. It is a joke. The only hope these poor guys have is that the COs will get sick and the union will raise a fuss.

Anonymous said...

first of all, it was an appeal from Judge Williams. Not Judge Cooke. And she abused her discretion. AS the 11th said - a "super warden." As for Judge Cooke's order on ICE detention, Judge Ruiz just pointed out the flaws in that one too.

Anonymous said...

Riots, expect no less if RBG goes South. Lets hope for her speedy recovery.

And, let the American people take another crack at who gets to appoint the next few Justices.

Anonymous said...

She actually sounded very good during the two arguments this morning.
$50 says the chief justice was the one who flushed during the argument thinking his mike was muted.