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

Ginsburg back on high court bench

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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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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Shari, NY

    I wish her the best. She should remember that stress and cancer don't agree.

    February 23, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Congratulation Your Honor.

    February 23, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Mari

    Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, you are in my prayers. God bless you.

    February 23, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    She's too old to be a Justice. But I'm glad to see she is doing well.

    February 23, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. TRYING TO BE OBJECTIVE AND FARE

    GOD BLESS YOU JUSTICE GINSBURG. GOD IS ALWAYS IN THE PLAN AND HE REALIZES YOU ARE NEEDED THESE DAYS. IF AND WHEN YOU LEAVE THE SUPREME COURT I PRAY WE GET ARE REWARDED WITH ANOTHER FEMALE WITH YOUR WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, SINCE OF FAIR PLAY. I TRULY BELIEVE YOU HAVE THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT HEART.

    GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU IN GOOD HEALTH UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO RETIRE.

    February 23, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Virginia

    Welcome back, Madame Justice. Best wishes to you!

    February 23, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. CA Indie for Obama

    Best wishes and congratulations to Justice Ginsberg for overcoming cancer.

    February 23, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. welcome back

    I'm glad you are doing better

    February 23, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Danny

    Good for her. 🙂

    February 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. yuri

    Way to go, judge! Let's pray she continues to contribute her service to the legal system, in her own way.

    February 23, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. connect the dots

    I think term limits on these glorified lawyers are needed.They are humans, not little gods,and therefore they can be bought and sold like all other politicos.

    February 23, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Darren D.

    U go sister! God and my family are blessing you!

    February 23, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. R in Maine

    Hang in there and do what is right for the country.

    February 23, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. KLS

    I wish she a speedy recovery. God bless you and your family.

    February 23, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. SOL

    great

    February 23, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Welcome back Ruth, Live,Long and Prosper...

    February 23, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Dan in NY

    With all due respect CONNECT THE DOTS, the judges are less prone to political pressures because the serve for life, and do not need to worry about political allegiances to get elected! Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a pillar of strength!

    February 23, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. ran

    Good. I wish her well.

    February 23, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Blossum

    She's the only one on the court with any sense.

    February 23, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    This is a prime example of why this country is in the distressed state it is in today. Never relinquish your power. Keep it until you die on the job.

    February 23, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Pog n

    I am proud of and grateful for of her service.

    February 23, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. JONNY IN GEORGIA

    too old for the job youth is the future

    February 23, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Rick

    She's back on the bench and continuing her mission of destroying the country.

    February 23, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Kevin in Ohio

    I do not agree at all with what Justice Ginsburg stands for, but God Bless Her for being strong. My prayers (yes we can, for the time being, still pray in America!) are with you, madame.

    February 23, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. :D

    YOU GO, GINSBURG!

    I'm glad to see that you are on the come-back trail.

    I wish you a speedy recovery.

    February 23, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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