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Justice Marshall Feels Dizzy, Is in Hospital for Tests

Reuters

Retiring Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall has been hospitalized for diagnostic tests, a hospital spokesman said Thursday.

“Justice Marshall was admitted to the Bethesda Naval Medical Center for routine diagnostic testing after complaining of dizziness,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bill Clyde said. “He’s in good spirits and good condition. His vital signs are normal and there is no life-threatening condition at this time.”

Marshall was admitted to the medical center Wednesday, court spokeswoman Toni House said. The length of his stay will depend on test results, Clyde said.

Marshall, 83, is the first black to serve on the Supreme Court. He announced his retirement in July, but his departure from the court is contingent on the swearing in of his successor.

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President Bush has nominated conservative black jurist Clarence Thomas to succeed Marshall. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin hearings on the Thomas nomination Tuesday.

The panel is charged with recommending whether the full Senate should approve Thomas.


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