US Supreme Court’s eldest justice and a stalwart of its liberal wing, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to the hospital with chills and fever.
The court´s public information office said in a statement, that Ginsburg was admitted Friday night to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington before being transferred to Johns Hopkins for further evaluation and treatment of any possible infection.
The 86-year-old was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Friday night after an initial evaluation at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.
In August, Ginsburg underwent radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer. She had two cancerous nodules in her left lung removed last December, and had previously been treated for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 1999.
US Supreme Court justices are appointed for life. She has repeatedly said she will only retire when she feels incapable of handling the workload.
The oldest justice on the court, Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by Democratic President Bill Clinton.
She spent the early part of her career as a professor at the Rutgers University law school in New Jersey and at Columbia University law school. She started the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project in the 1970s. Before the high court, she served as a federal appeals court judge in Washington DC for 13 years.
Ginsburg is fondly known as “The Notorious RBG,” a riff on slain rapper The Notorious B.I.G.