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Justice Clarence Thomas hospitalized with infection; Supreme Court says he’ll miss some oral arguments this week

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 3/20/2022 Robert Barnes
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2018. © J. Scott Applewhite/AP Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2018.

Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court, is hospitalized with an infection and being treated with intravenous antibiotics, the Supreme Court announced Sunday night.

Thomas, 73, was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington Friday evening, according to the release, with flu-like symptoms.

“He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics,” the release said. “His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two.”


Video: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas in hospital (Reuters)

The court holds oral arguments Monday through Wednesday this week, but it does not sound as if Thomas will take part remotely.

“Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments,” the release said.

The court did not disclose the reason for the delay in announcing Thomas’s hospitalization.

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