With the return of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court rules on death penalty and pollution cases

WASHINGTON – Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court Tuesday, about two months after cancer surgery. In the meantime, she had missed arguments during her first absences since entering the court in 1993, but continued to participate in court decisions by reading briefs and transcripts.

Tuesday's argument was a technical argument about whether the federal government could challenge patents in a specialized court. Justice Ginsburg posed clear and clear questions to both parties, and she seemed to be skeptical of one aspect of the government's argument.

"The government is indeed entitled to two pieces of apple," she said, summarizing the patentee's argument in the case, Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service, No. 17-1594. "All the others have only one."

The court stated that the post-operative assessments had shown that 85-year-old Judge Ginsburg, who had suffered many health losses over the years, was not suffering from cancer.

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