Judge Thomas hospitalized with infection, High Court says | Region

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas has been hospitalized due to an infection, the Supreme Court announced Sunday.

Thomas, 73, has been at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, since Friday after experiencing “flu-like symptoms,” the court said in a statement.

The court gave no explanation as to why it waited two days to reveal the judge was in hospital.

He also did not provide any additional details about the infection, but said Thomas was being treated with antibiotics and his symptoms were improving.

He could be released in the coming days, the court said.

The Supreme Court is meeting this week to hear arguments in four cases. Thomas plans to participate in the cases even if he misses the arguments, the court heard.

Thomas has served on the court since 1991. News of his hospitalization came as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared to begin hearings Monday for the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, whom President Joe Biden nominated to replace Stephen Breyer. He retires at the end of the session.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Elna M. Lemons