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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Broken Three Ribs in Fall, Supreme Court Says

Ginsburg, seated, looks to her right.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the White House on Oct. 8.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke three ribs on Wednesday in a fall and has been admitted to a hospital, the court said in a statement.

Ginsburg is 85 and has served on the Court since 1993. SCOTUS is currently in session; there’s no word yet on how much time Ginsburg might miss. (There is some recent precedent for a justice participating in votes without being able to attend oral arguments; while he was being treated for thyroid cancer before his death, former Chief Justice William Rehnquist voted in some cases after reading transcripts of court proceedings.)