Justice Clarence Thomas hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, court says

Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Supreme Court, was hospitalized Friday with an infection after experiencing flu-like symptoms, the court said in a statement on Sunday.

Justice Thomas was treated with intravenous antibiotics at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, the statement said.

“His symptoms are decreasing, he is resting comfortably and he expects to be discharged from the hospital in a day or two,” the message read.

Patricia McCabe, a Supreme Court spokeswoman, said Judge Thomas’ illness was not Covid-19 or related to the coronavirus.

The statement said Judge Thomas “will participate in the consideration and discussion of all cases for which he is not present based on the memoranda, transcripts and audio of the pleadings.”

All nine Supreme Court justices have been vaccinated and strengthened against Covid-19. At least two judges, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett M. Kavanaugh, have previously contracted the virus. Judges are regularly tested for the virus, in accordance with judicial protocol.

Judge Thomas, 73, was nominated by President George HW Bush and sat on October 23, 1991, making him the highest-ranking conservative member of the court. He is the second oldest member, after Judge Stephen G. Breyer, 83, who announced his retirement in January.

In his letter of resignation, Judge Breyer said he planned to retire after the court completed his current term this summer, usually in late June or early July, “assuming my successor has been nominated and confirmed by then.”

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, President Biden’s nominee to replace Judge Breyer, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was nominated for that position by Mr. Biden last year.

On Monday, the same day the Supreme Court meets again, the Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings on her nomination.

Few Republicans are expected to support Judge Jackson, following her nomination to the federal appeals court, in which only three Republicans voted for her confirmation.

In the days leading up to the start of committee hearings for her Supreme Court bid, conservative lawmakers — including Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell; and Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, have heightened criticism of Judge Jackson’s record as a public defender.

If confirmed, she would be the first black woman to serve as a judge on the Supreme Court.

Adam Liptak contributed to the report.

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