- The Washington Times - Friday, February 21, 2003

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) — Justice Antonin Scalia underwent surgery for a torn right rotator cuff Thursday at Arlington, the Supreme Court said Friday.

The cause of the injury is unknown, according to a court public information officer. The type of injury is usually sports related.

The officer said Scalia "is at home and recuperating."

The justice does not expect to be on the bench when the high court returns from its winter hiatus next week, she added.

But Scalia will participate in cases and opinions by reading briefs and the transcripts of arguments.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist was out of action briefly this winter when he suffered a tear in a right knee tendon.

Rehnquist also participated in cases by reading briefs and transcripts, and returned to the bench after several weeks.

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