U.S. Supreme Court

Breyer has shoulder surgery after bicycle accident


Justice Stephen Breyer.
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Justice Stephen G. Breyer is expected to be released from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital early this week after undergoing surgery on Saturday for a broken shoulder.

Breyer, 74, injured his shoulder after falling from his bike near the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., report CNN, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.

Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement that Breyer had reverse shoulder replacement surgery and was resting comfortably after the operation.

The bicycle accident is not the first for Breyer. There were two others, according to CNN and USA Today.

In 1993, Breyer was struck by a car while on his bike at Harvard Square. He suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs. Then a federal appeals judge, Breyer was under consideration for the U.S. Supreme Court at the time, Jost on Justice reports. He came to Washington a week later with his arm in a sling for an interview with President Clinton. Aides said the president found Breyer to be detached and didactic, and he nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg instead. Breyer was nominated for the high court, however, the next year.

In 2011, Breyer broke his right collarbone after falling off his bike in Cambridge, Mass.

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