Justice Clarence Thomas is expected to be okay and back to work in a couple days following hospitalization after experiencing “flu-like symptoms.”
On the evening of March 20th, the Supreme Court published a press release on the matter. They explained that “Justice Clarence Thomas was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Friday evening after experiencing flu-like symptoms.”
A spokesperson from the Supreme Court emphasized that Justice Thomas did not have COVID.
After being diagnosed with an infection, he was treated with antibiotics. The press release stated his symptoms were subsiding so he is expected to be released from the hospital in a day or two. However, he will not participate in oral arguments on March 21st.
The health of Justice Clarence Thomas is of great significance because he has illustrated through his case opinions that he is the most conservative out of the nine Justices.
His judicial conservatism is based on an originalist interpretation of the US Constitution. If Justice Thomas were to die or resign, President Joe Biden would be able to nominate a more progressive judge like Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace him.