Justice Clarence Thomas hospitalized with infection

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, the court said in a statement Sunday.

Thomas, 73, was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, part of the Johns Hopkins Health System, on Friday night, court officials said.

Tests showed he had an infection, and he has been receiving intravenous antibiotics, according to the court's statement.

Thomas' symptoms were abating, he was comfortable, and he could be released in the next few days, the court said.

Thomas will participate in cases that he may miss by using briefs, transcripts and oral arguments, sometimes delivered virtually, the court said.

The court is operating with a 6-3 conservative majority. Thomas' absence would be unlikely to unsettle that majority.

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