Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday missed oral arguments due to a stomach bug, The Hill reports.
Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking from the bench, said Ginsburg was “indisposed due to illness” and a spokesperson said she would decide cases based on written briefs and oral argument recordings.
Ginsburg is 86 years old, making her the oldest Supreme Court justice. She is considered the leader of the court’s liberal wing. Ginsburg is a four-time cancer survivor and has faced recurring health concerns, including colon cancer in 1999, an early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2009, and last December had cancerous nodules removed from her lung, while recuperating from the surgery she missed her first oral argument in more that 25 years.
Wednesday was the last sitting for November and the court was scheduled to hear oral arguments in two cases; Comcast Corporation v. National Association of African American-Owned Media, et al., and Ritzen Group, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC.