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Old 01-07-2019, 03:56 PM
Gray Ghost is offline
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Not showing up to Supreme Court oral argument, which per the NYT, is the first time in 25 years she hasn't shown up, is not a point in favor of her remaining on the bench much longer.

IIRC, other Justices have been rumored to have lingered on the bench with various health and personality issues, letting their clerks do most of the heavy lifting of crafting their judicial opinions, so this isn't unprecedented. And if I'm not mistaken, there's a great deal of leeway given the Justice's determination of whether s/he can continue to perform the duties of their office. Short answer, she has as long as she wants, provided she doesn't actually die.

She's fought off a lot of diseases that would have killed most of the rest of us. Who survives pancreatic cancer?