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Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in hospital after fall at court

The supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been taken to hospital after fracturing three ribs in fall at court.

The court says the 85-year-old justice went to George Washington University hospital in Washington early on Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight. The court says the fall occurred in her office at the court on Wednesday evening.

Observation after tests showed Ginsburg, the court’s oldest justice, fractured three ribs.

Despite her absence, the court was set to go ahead on Thursday with a courtroom ceremony welcoming Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court last month. Donald Trump and new acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker were expected to attend.

Ginsburg broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.

Appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg rebuffed suggestions from some liberals that she should step down in the first two years of Barack Obama’s second term, when Democrats also controlled the Senate and would have been likely to confirm her successor.

She already has hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to retire.

Ginsburg leads the court’s liberal wing.

More details to follow …