Supreme Court refuses to say whether Justice Clarence Thomas, 73, remains in hospital
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declined to say Wednesday whether 73-year-old Justice Clarence Thomas remains in the hospital, though he was due to be released Tuesday night.
The court said on Sunday that Thomas was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington on Friday after experiencing “flu-like symptoms” and was diagnosed with an infection. His “symptoms are easing” and he was due to be released on Monday or Tuesday, the court said in a statement at the time. But on Wednesday morning, court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said she had no update to provide.
The court heard arguments Wednesday morning and Chief Justice John Roberts said, as he has for the past two days, that until Thomas was present, he would participate in the case by reviewing the transcript and argument briefs. Roberts said Thomas was “unable to attend today” without an explanation.
Thomas did not have COVID-19 and his infection was being treated with intravenous antibiotics, the court heard.