Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues working from home, squashing rumors of retirement

January 17, 2019 by Ben Marquis

It looks like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg won’t be retiring any time soon.

Despite missing nearly two weeks of Supreme Court oral arguments following major surgery to remove cancerous growths from her lungs, the so-called Notorious RGB plans to keep working from home while she recovers.

She has been working from home for nearly two weeks now.

Working from home through recovery

Ginsburg’s recent surgery, a pulmonary lobectomy, was performed to remove two cancerous nodules that were first discovered during treatment to repair some fractured ribs Ginsburg had suffered during a fall in her office in November.

“Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments,” said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg in a statement.

“Her recovery from surgery is on track. Post-surgery evaluations indicate no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required,” Arberg added.

Prior to last Monday, Ginsburg had never missed a day of arguments at the court, despite fighting previous bouts of cancer and other health problems.

No plans to retire yet

But Ginsburg has given no indications that she intends to resign her seat on the high court and enjoy the rest of her life in retirement.

RBG has made it clear that she intends to remain on the court as long as she feels she is capable of doing the job.

Still, reports have indicated that the Trump administration is compiling names and making plans for possible future Supreme Court nominees.

If Ginsburg sees a significant decline in health or chooses to retire in the next six years, her replacement very well could be chosen by President Donald Trump.

That would give the Supreme Court an even stronger conservative lean for decades.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how much longer Ginsburg will be “out of the office” and working from home.

At age 85, Ginsburg is currently the oldest justice on the high court.