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Justice Thomas released from hospital after weeklong stay

The high court’s longest-serving member missed arguments this week while hospitalized with an infection.

WASHINGTON (CN) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was released from the hospital on Friday morning after an infection left him hospitalized for a week, according to a court spokesperson. 

The high court announced on Sunday evening that Thomas, 73, was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., with flu-like symptoms last Friday. He was diagnosed with an infection that required intravenous antibiotics. 

Thomas’ hospitalization caused him to miss oral arguments at the court this week but the court said he would still participate in the cases presented using briefs, transcripts and oral argument audio. 

Sunday’s announcement said Thomas would remain in the hospital for “a day or two.” The court declined to comment on Thomas’ condition all week and did not provide any explanation for why his stay could have been extended. 

Friday’s announcement did not provide any updates on Thomas’ condition or say whether he would participate in oral arguments next week. 

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