Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court for 1st time since cancer operation
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court for 1st time since cancer operation

Judge attends private conference at the court; she has been recuperating at home since surgery to combat third bout with disease

In this December 15, 2018 photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears at an event organized by the Museum of the City of New York with WNET-TV held at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York. (AP Photo/Rebecca Gibian)
In this December 15, 2018 photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears at an event organized by the Museum of the City of New York with WNET-TV held at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York. (AP Photo/Rebecca Gibian)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday returned to her place of work for the first time since cancer surgery in December.

Ginsburg, 85, attended a private conference at the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., CNBC reported. The Supreme Court will meet next in public session on Feb. 19.

The court’s oldest justice had surgery in December to remove cancerous growths on her left lung. She was released from the hospital in New York four days later and has been recuperating at home since then.

She has had two previous bouts with cancer, in 1999 and 10 years later.

The growths were found during tests Ginsburg had after she fractured ribs in a fall on Nov. 7.

The justice, who was appointed by former president Bill Clinton in 1993, is one of four liberals on the nine-member court.

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has had the opportunity to replace two retiring justices, tipping the balance in the conservatives’ favor.

Heavy attention is given to Ginsburg’s health amid liberal worries that, if she dies or has to retire for health reasons, Trump would get another pick and lock the high court into a conservative ideology for a generation to come.

The court’s oldest justice, Ginsburg — fondly known as “The Notorious RBG,” a riff on slain rapper The Notorious B.I.G. — is a liberal stalwart who has said she will not retire as long as she feels she can do the work.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, into a Jewish family, she attended Cornell University and then studied law, first at Harvard and then Columbia University, at a time when the profession was almost exclusively male.

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