Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hospitalized with infection, high court says

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivers a keynote speech during the dedication of the Nathan Deal Judicial Center in Atlanta on Feb. 11, 2020.
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Justice Clarence Thomas has been hospitalized because of an infection, the U.S. Supreme Court said Sunday.

Thomas, 73, has been at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., since Friday after experiencing “flu-like symptoms,” the court said in a statement.

The court offered no explanation for waiting two days to disclose that the justice was in the hospital.


It also provided no additional details about the infection but said Thomas is being treated with antibiotics and his symptoms are abating.

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He could be released in the next couple of days, the court said.

The Supreme Court is meeting this week to hear arguments in four cases. Thomas plans to participate even if he misses the arguments, the court said.

Thomas has been on the court since 1991.

News of his hospitalization came as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared to begin hearings Monday in the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, who President Biden named to replace Justice Stephen G. Breyer. He is retiring at the end of the session.