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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fall

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WATCH ABOVE: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, was hospitalized Thursday after a fall in her office that fractured three ribs – Nov 8, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized on Thursday after she fell in her office at the court the night before, fracturing three ribs, a court spokeswoman said.

The 85-year-old justice initially went home after the fall, but experienced discomfort overnight. She went to George Washington University Hospital on Thursday morning.

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Tests showed she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment, said the spokeswoman, Kathy Arberg.

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Ginsburg, who has served on the court since 1993, is the oldest of the nine justices and one of the court’s four liberals.

The court’s 5-4 conservative majority was restored last month when the U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. President Donald Trump’s appointee Brett Kavanaugh after a contentious nomination process in which Kavanaugh denied a sexual assault allegation dating to the 1980s.

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If Ginsburg were unable to continue serving on the court, Trump would likely move swiftly to replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right.

The Republican president was scheduled to go to the court on Thursday for a formal ceremony seating Kavanaugh.

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