Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg hospitalized

The justice, who was also taken to the hospital last month, was released quickly

Alex Koppelman
October 15, 2009 7:30PM (UTC)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Wednesday night, the second time in less than a month she's been taken to the hospital. She was released Thursday morning, according to the Associated Press. 

Ginsburg had been on a plane bound for London with three of her colleagues, but according to a statement released by the court, "Prior to the plane taking off, the justice experienced extreme drowsiness causing her to fall from her seat." The court says that Ginsburg's doctors believe the incident was the result of a reaction to medicine, specifically a prescription sleeping aid and an over-the-counter cold medicine.


Ginsburg had surgery for pancreatic cancer in February, which she said was successful; since her return to the court, the AP says, she hasn't missed a day of work.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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