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Friday morning docket: Ginsburg hospitalized

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday after feeling faint while working in her chambers. She is expected to be released today.

Ginsburg, 76, was taken to the Washington Hospital Center a few hours after after she fell ill, according to a statement from the Court. The justice felt faint just before 5 p.m., about an hour after receiving an iron sucrose infusion to treat anemia – a condition she was diagnosed with in July. That diagnosis came after a comprehensive health assessment that found she was otherwise in good health.

“One hour following the completion of this infusion, she felt faint, developed light headedness and fatigue,” the Court’s statement said. “Medical assistance was summoned from the Office of the Attending Physician, and medical evaluation disclosed a slightly low blood pressure, which can occur following this treatment. She was monitored at the Court, blood tests were performed and she was found to be in stable health. Fluids were administered and her symptoms improved, but she was taken as a precaution for evaluation at the Washington Hospital Center at approximately 7:45 p.m.”

In January, Ginsburg was diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer, and underwent surgery in February. Just 18 days later, she returned to the Court’s next regularly scheduled oral arguments. Although the illness stirred speculation that Ginsburg may soon step down from the Court due to will health, she has given no indication of any plan to retire. She has not missed an appearance at the Court, and she has maintained a busy schedule, including a two-day stint last week as a visiting scholar at Northwestern University School.

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Seat filler: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick today named Paul G. Kirk Jr., a former aide and longtime confidant of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, to temporarily fill the late senator’s seat. (NYT)

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