73-year-old Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas may be discharged from the hospital within the next few days, according to the court.
“Flu-like symptoms” led to his hospitalization on Friday night and his admission to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., the Supreme Court announced in a statement on Sunday night.
“Doctors discovered an infection after a battery of testing, and now he is receiving intravenous antibiotics. They should discharge him from the hospital in a few days. His symptoms are diminishing and he is resting comfortably. The court’s statement is available for your perusal.”
What will happen during his absence in the court?
Justice Thomas will participate in “consideration and discussion” during his absence from Supreme Court hearings, according to the court. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the justices will hear oral arguments.
Thomas is one of the most conservative justices on the Supreme Court. He has been on the bench for more than 30 years.
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In a statement, the court did not explain why it took two days to announce the news. While the Supreme Court justices’ health is often shrouded in mystery, NPR’s Nina Totenberg has reported on the issue.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is President Biden’s choice to replace Justice Breyer. She currently serves on the court. Mr. Biden nominated her for the role last year, and she accepted.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings on her nomination on Monday, the same day that the Supreme Court will return, according to a press release.
Judge Jackson is projected to receive little support from Republicans, a trend that has been repeated since her nomination to the federal appeals court, in which only three Republicans voted in favor of her confirmation.
Conservative senators, particularly the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, have increased their criticism of Judge Jackson’s record as a public defender in the days leading up to the start of the committee hearings for her Supreme Court nomination.
In the event that she is confirmed, she will become the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Clarence Thomas’ Family Life
Clarence Thomas has two children with Ginni Thomas, with whom he is married.
Kathy Grace Ambush, Thomas’ college girlfriend, married him in 1971. Jamal Adeen was the couple’s only child.
They divorced in 1984 after separating in 1981 and having two children. Thomas married Virginia Lamp, a lobbyist and former adviser to Republican Congressman Dick Armey, in the state of Washington in 1987.
Clarence Thomas’ Wife
Virginia Ginni Lamp Thomas is a conservative activist and attorney who lives in the US and is well-known for her support of conservative causes.
Thomas began her professional career as a legislative assistant in the House of Representatives for U.S. Representative Hal Daub. She then worked for the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC after graduating from Creighton University School of Law.
After that, she worked for the US Department of Labor and United States Representative Dick Armey as an aide.
When she joined The Heritage Foundation in 2000, the government assigned her to the White House as a liaison between the think tank and President George W. Bush’s administration.
Her conservative views and political involvement have made her a divisive figure. This is mostly because wives of Supreme Court justices are frequently excluded from political participation.
Thomas is the founder of Liberty Central, a Tea Party-affiliated conservative political advocacy group that he founded in 2009.