February 23rd, 2009
10:23 AM ET
12 years ago

Ginsburg back on high court bench

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/23/art.scotus0223.gi.jpg caption="Justice Ginsburg returned to the Court Monday after having surgery for pancreatic cancer."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back on the Supreme Court bench Monday, in her first public appearance since undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer February 5.

The 75-year-old Ginsburg entered the courtroom with her eight male colleagues as they prepared to hear oral arguments after the high court's monthlong recess. She walked in unassisted and was smiling broadly.

It was business as usual, with the justices making no statements or gestures, and the court offering no acknowledgment of her return. The session was gaveled to order at exactly 10 a.m.

Doctors have offered a somewhat optimistic prognosis for Ginsburg's recovery. Pancreatic cancer typically is one of the most lethal of cancers, primarily because it is usually not diagnosed until it has reached an advanced stage. But hers was discovered extremely early, in the earliest stage of the disease, and doctors said it had not spread.

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  1. Leo D, PA

    Why no comments or jestures by colleagues; just business as usual?
    Is Justice blind, even when it comes to a returning member ,who
    needs a helping hand, or hands, at a time when one's life is on the line? Hopefully there were welcome back comments made later on.

    February 23, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Even that comment was censored?

    February 23, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Leo D, PA

    Why no comments or jestures by colleagues; just business as usual?
    Is Justice blind, even when it comes to a returning member ,who
    needs a helping hand, or hands, at a time when one's life is on the line? Hopefully there were welcome back comments made later on.

    February 23, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Tek

    Prove Bunning wrong Your Honor. It's a good thing that being an idiot in this country cannot find you behind bars.

    February 23, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. rich

    Wish her well. Im sad about her illness, but happy that it has occured during the Oboma administration in the event she choses to resign secondary to her health. God's speed Justice Ginsburg. Many of us a praying for you not for political reasons, but rather with your fight with this illness.

    February 23, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. cnnnewser

    Welcome back!!!

    February 23, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. fella from Chicago

    Hang in there old girl until Obama is out and the new Republican President can put a Conservative on the bench.

    February 23, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Dace Tucson AZ

    It's great one of the few humans left on the court is back despite the attack on her by Sen. Jim Bunning (KY) saying she will be dead in 9 months. How do these vile white hood party monsters just keep spewing such hate and stay in the senate for decades?

    February 23, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. billy-bayou

    I am by no steatch of the imagination, a fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, however, that being said I find it pleasing to know that her problem was discovered early and she has a chance of full recovery. I wish her the very best and God Speed.

    February 23, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. alvino

    Let's all be optimistic about her recovery.

    February 23, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Dee G. - CT Voter

    She is one tough lady – that cancer picked the wrong person to try to take down.

    February 23, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Bless her and keep her safe.

    February 23, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Laura, Boston

    I hope Justice Ginsberg will add her name next to mine as a cancer "survivor".

    She just has to take it one day at a time and have a strong strong support group.

    Best wishes,
    Laura, Boston

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Keep fighting, never, ever give up!

    Cancer can be defeated, especially when caught early. It's not easy but you can prevail and win.
    .
    Blessings and best wishes.

    February 23, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. texas teacher

    Judge Ginsberg, be well and strong! The People are praying for you! 🙂

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. G.O.P.: When you got nothing, You got nothing to lose

    Bunning has been "brain-dead" for several years.

    God Bless Justice Ginsberg – may she outlive her critics.

    February 23, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Jon Davis

    Not for long according to the senile Republican senator from Kentucky, Jim Bunning. Bunning's has already announced he will fight for a conservative appointment to the Supreme once Ginsburg is dead (which Bunning, no doubt, hopes will be soon).

    February 23, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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