Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Remains Hospitalized with ‘Flu-Like Symptoms’

United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas remains hospitalized on March 23 for treatment of an infection, missing the third day for oral arguments.

Thomas has been in the Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. since he was admitted on March 18 after experiencing “flu-like symptoms,” according to Supreme Court spokesperson Patricia McCabe.

In a statement on March 20, McCabe said Thomas’ symptoms were “abating” and he was “resting comfortably.”

McCabe also specified that Thomas does not have COVID-19 and that he was “being treated with intravenous antibiotics.”

Thomas, 73, had been expected to be released on March 22.

The Court has not given an update on Thomas’ condition since March 20.

Chief Justice John Roberts said in open court on March 23 that Thomas was “unable to be present today” but he would participate in deciding the cases he has missed by reviewing briefs and transcripts of the hearings.

The Court heard arguments in five cases this week.

Thomas is the oldest member of the Supreme Court after 83-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer, who will retire at the end of the term.


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