Update on Justice Clarence Thomas’ Hospitalization

According to court authorities on Sunday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has indeed been hospitalized for the previous two days.

He is being diagnosed with an infection, per court officials.

Thomas, the highest-ranking associate judge on the Supreme Court, is now being treated with antibiotics, according to the court; his symptoms seem to be getting better.

Following the onset of flu-like conditions, Thomas was taken to Sibley Medical Center in Washington D.C. on Friday, according to the Supreme Court.

Thomas is expected to be freed within a day or two, says the court authorities.

More on Thomas’ Storied Career

President George Bush appointed Thomas to the Supreme Court in 1991 to fill the vacancy left by Justice Thurgood Marshall’s retirement.

Prior to joining the High Court, Thomas served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Thomas is 73 years old and the only African-American justice on the high court.

‘Anything may happen,’ says Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will be appearing before the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Several justices have been hospitalized for health reasons during this term, mostly as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. The severity of Thomas’ illnesses was not known at the time.

Supreme Court Arguments

The Supreme Court will hear legal arguments on Monday, according to the schedule.

Court authorities have said Thomas plans to participate in the consideration of cases via court documents and tapes of oral arguments. This will be on the days he is unable to be present in person or by video conference.

During his 30 years on the Supreme Court, Thomas has established himself as a pillar of the conservative side of the court.

His supporters claim the 6-3 majority conservatives currently have on the Supreme Court means the high court is just now quickly catching up with some of his stances.

This includes subjects like firearms and abortion, as well as other steamy issues, such as gay marriage and immigration.

Although Thomas is already one of the most tenured and productive justices in history, he has been more outspoken in recent years, as a result of his service on the Supreme Court.

His habit of being silent during oral arguments was put to rest when the justices shifted to virtual sittings as a result of the epidemic. Thomas continued speaking up with penetrating questions, even when justices returned to in-person debates in the courthouse last year.

In today’s courtroom, Thomas seems to be the first judge to ask a question during an argument. Thomas was reared by his grandparents during the Jim Crow era of the 1950s in the Jim Crow South.

When speaking to a group of Harvard Law School students in 2013, he said his old classmates and acquaintances were “not lettered individuals,” but they “treasured education in the same way a starving guy would treasure bread.”