Judge Thomas misses pleas due to illness

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Chief Justice John Roberts announced that Thomas was absent from a few in-person hearings prior to the commencement of the arguments.

“Justice Thomas cannot attend today but will participate in the hearing and decision of the cases based on the paperwork and transcripts of the pleadings,” Roberts said.

Thomas, 73, was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, Friday night with flu-like symptoms and was diagnosed with an infection, a Supreme Court spokesman said in a statement Sunday, adding that he was being treated with intravenous antibiotics.

“His symptoms are decreasing, he is resting comfortably and he expects to be discharged from the hospital in a day or two,” the spokesman said on Sunday.

The court’s public information office did not immediately respond Monday to a request for an update on Thomas’ health, the timing of his return or whether he would remain in hospital.

It is common for judges who miss arguments due to illness to participate in the hearing of cases by viewing written summaries as well as transcripts and audio of oral arguments.

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