(foxnews) – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was released from the hospital Friday morning following a nearly week-long stay for an infection.
Thomas, 73, had been sick with an infection and was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., last Friday evening after experiencing “flu-like” symptoms. Thomas did not participate in oral arguments in the courtroom this week.
The Supreme Court said Sunday that Thomas underwent tests, was being treated with intravenous antibiotics and was expected to be released “in a day or two.”
Thomas’s hospital stay coincided with confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become President Biden’s first Supreme Court justice. If confirmed, she’ll succeed Justice Stephen Breyer who is retiring at end of the court’s term this summer.
The court’s ideological makeup would still remain the same as a 6-3 conservative majority.
Thomas has been on the Supreme Court since 1991 after being nominated by former President George H.W. Bush to succeed Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first Black justice.
As the most senior justice, Thomas decides who writes the majority opinion if Chief Justice John Roberts is in the minority on a case.