February 6th, 2009
03:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Justice Ginsburg expected back on the job later this month

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/06/art.getty.ginsburg.jpg caption="Sources close to Ginsburg say she continues to do well after the procedure, and that doctors and family remain cautiously optimistic."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recovering from pancreatic cancer surgery, plans to be back on the bench when the Supreme Court resumes oral arguments in 17 days.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Friday the 75-year-old justice will be on hand for the next public session February 23, when the court will hear appeals in two cases, beginning at 10 am ET.

Ginsburg remains hospitalized at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a day after undergoing surgery for the disease.

Sources close to Ginsburg say she continues to do well after the procedure, and that doctors and family remain cautiously optimistic. Those sources said she was resting comfortably, and speaking with her staff about the Court's upcoming caseload.

The justice could be released from the hospital next week. A Court statement Thursday said she will likely remain in the hospital for seven to 10 days, according to her attending surgeon, Dr. Murray Brennan.

"Justice Ginsburg had no symptoms prior to the incidental discovery of the lesion during a routine annual check-up in late January at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland," the court said.

The justices are on a month long recess, but return for a closed door conference February 20. There is no word on whether Ginsburg will attend that private meeting among just the nine members of the court, to go over pending appeals.

President Obama was hoping to speak with Ginsburg by phone later Friday, said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Ginsburg previously underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in September 1999. Court sources said she continued to work on pending cases while in her hospital bed and her subsequent recovery. Less than a month later she appeared
in public to give a speech and said, "I am still mending but have progressed steadily." She never missed a day on the bench.

The Brooklyn native has been on the federal bench since 1990, the last 15 on the high court, where she is the only female justice.

Filed under: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. bill

    Get well soon, Justice.

    February 6, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Ryan Wing

    Our prayers are with her for a full recovery.

    Pancreatic cancer is an awful thing.

    February 6, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. obama-mama

    Wow she's tough....Good for her. Glad to see she's feeling better....Hope for a quick recovery.

    February 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Jackie in Dallas

    Bless you, Justice Ginsburg, and may you recover fully and quickly.

    February 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    That's one tough lady, live, long and prosper Ruth

    February 6, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Vietnam COMBAT Vet, OHIO

    Go Home and retire!!!! we need young blood!

    February 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Vietnam COMBAT Vet, OHIO

    Go Home and retire!!!! we need young blood!

    February 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Vietnam COMBAT Vet, OHIO

    Go Home and retire!!!! we need young blood!

    February 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Nacho Cheese

    Strong woman! That's why I'm proud she has been in our Supreme Court for so long. Wishing you a fast recovery, Justice!

    February 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Abby

    It’s a blessing that she has the health insurance which the government provides and which covers diagnostic scanning – most people would have never cough this on time. Get well soon, Madam Justice.

    February 6, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. no corporate politics

    "Vietnam COMBAT Vet, OHIO" So full of hate of older Americans. You were probably calling McCain senile during the campaign too. Why do RepubiCrats (both sides) always have to hate someone. Well, it did get votes......

    You owe the Justine an apology.

    February 6, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. mw


    February 6, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    75 Years old is waaaaaayyyyyy too old to hold such a high position! I'm sorry but this old girl needs to find herself a nice condo in some gated retirement community somewhere in Florida! We need term limits! Seriously!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. single mom

    Ma'am, my prayers are with you and your family.

    February 6, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Rick Sutter


    February 6, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. ran

    Wish her the best of luck.

    February 6, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Deb

    God bless Justice Ginsburg

    February 6, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Ellen M. Wolfe

    Viet Nam combat vet, go home and retire, especially your mouth. Justice Ginsburg is a fine lady and her brain still functions very well

    February 6, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Simmy

    The very best to you, Justice Ginsberg. Have a speedy recovery.

    February 6, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  20. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    I pray for a full and speedy recovery for Justice Ginsburg.

    February 6, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. FL Granny

    Be well, Justice Ginsburg. God bless.

    February 6, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    We're praying for you, Justice Ginsburg ... get well soon!

    February 6, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Hopeful for a speedy recovery to you. Best wishes Justice Ginsburg, Get well soon!

    This should be a wake up call for every one to have a checkup.

    February 6, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. California Gold

    Prayers and positive thoughts for a speedy recovery and many years of good health.

    February 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. joe mett

    Get real Justice Ginsburg. Our prayers are with you. But realize it is tough to win the battle over pancreatic cancer and surgery therafter so please retire now and let the nation move on. We must acknowledge realpolitik as the Germans would say!

    February 6, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |