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Old 9th Nov 2018, 06:19
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US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, breaks ribs in fall

Democrats held their collective breath last night after the oldest justice and most prominent liberal on the US Supreme Court was taken to hospital with three broken ribs. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, one of four Democrat-appointed justices on the nine-strong bench, had gone home after falling in her office in Washington. She went to hospital “after experiencing discomfort overnight”, the court said.

The justice, who was appointed to the court in 1993 by President Clinton, has previously made clear her determination to continue despite other health scares.

For Democrats, her injuries raise a nightmare scenario: were she forced to step down from the lifetime role, Mr Trump would have the chance to appoint his third justice in a little over two years. His first two, Neil Gorsuch, 51, and Brett Kavanaugh, 53, have already given the court a built-in conservative majority, perhaps for a generation. The appointment of a third would increase that advantage to 6-3........

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