Ruth Bader Ginsburg back on bench after bout with bug
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg back on bench after bout with bug

86-year-old Supreme Court justice attends short session following absence last week due to illness

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg attends Georgetown Law's second annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture, in Washington, October 30, 2019. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg attends Georgetown Law's second annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture, in Washington, October 30, 2019. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back on the US Supreme Court bench Monday after missing time last week with what the court described as a stomach bug.

The 86-year-old Ginsburg climbed the three steps and took her seat for a brief court session Monday. She was absent when the justices last met in public, to hear arguments on Wednesday.

Ginsburg has been treated for cancer twice in the past year, including receiving radiation for a tumor on her pancreas over the summer. She missed court sessions in January during her recovery from lung cancer surgery.

Those were her first absences from court arguments in a quarter-century as a justice.

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