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Ginsburg briefly hospitalized

October 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had cancer surgery this year, was kept at a hospital overnight after she became drowsy and fell from her seat aboard an airplane. Court officials blamed a reaction to medicine.

Ginsburg, 76, was taken by paramedics to Washington Hospital Center around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday and released Thursday morning, court officials said.

Ginsburg, along with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Antonin Scalia, was heading to London to take part in ceremonies marking the opening of Britain's new Supreme Court, whose justices were formerly known as the Law Lords.

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