DEVELOPING: Supreme Court Justice Hospitalized After Fall


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Reports this morning say a Supreme Court justice was hospitalized after a fall.

Sonia Sotomayor reportedly fell and broke her shoulder at her home in Washington. She was treated and had her arm put in a sling. She is not expected to miss any time on the Court.

Sotomayor, 63, has had medical issues before. She has diabetes, and earlier this year, paramedics were called to her home after an episode of low blood sugar.

The Associated Press reports on the incident.

The Supreme Court says Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke her left shoulder in a fall at her Washington home.

The court says the 63-year-old Sotomayor will wear a sling for several weeks and undergo physical therapy. She is not expected to miss any time on the bench. The justices are hearing arguments this week and next.

The court says the fall occurred Monday morning and that a doctor confirmed the break in the afternoon. Sotomayor was in court Monday and did not appear to be in pain.

In January, emergency medical personnel treated her at home for symptoms of low blood sugar. Sotomayor is diabetic.

Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court, has served as an Associate Justice since August of 2009. She has served on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She also taught at the New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School.

In May of 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, to replace the retiring David Souter. She was easily confirmed by both the Senate and the House.

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