Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to court bench after fracturing ribs

Supreme Court justice who was hospitalized earlier this month for fractured ribs returns to the bench to hear oral arguments.


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court's oldest justice, returned to the bench after recovering from a fall in which she fractured three ribs earlier this month.

The Jewish Supreme Court justice and left-wing icon was back on the bench Monday, where she heard oral arguments at the start of the court’s December session.

Ginsburg, 85, fell in her office on Nov. 7 and fractured three ribs. The fall set off an alarm on social media among progressives, who are wary of the court’s future under President Donald Trump.

But Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital the next day and was back at her notoriously vigorous workouts within a week.

According to The Hill, she hasn’t missed a day of oral arguments in her 25 years on the Supreme Court, including after cracking two ribs in 2012.