US Supreme Court: Voting if Justice Misses Oral Argument?

Today’s big news is that [. Current reports indicate that he will is expected to be able to sit on November 1, when the Court reconvenes for its next round of oral arguments, but some commentators question whether this will be possible.

My question is what happens in cases where a Justice misses the oral argument, but returns to the Court before decision is rendered. Is the Justice who missed the argument permitted to participate in the decision? The [url=“http://www.supremecourtus.gov/ctrules/ctrules.html”]Supreme Court Rules](http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20041025/pl_nm/court_rehnquist_dc_10"Chief Justice Rhenquist is hospitalized with thyroid cancer[/url) do not appear to answer the question.

Does anyone know what the procedure is. I am certain that this has happened with some frequency in the past.

Aaaargh, this thread is a screwed up version of my proper question, which is here. If a passing mod could lock this, I’d appreciate it. Thanks.