Sandra Day O'Connor Announces Likely Alzheimer's Diagnosis

October 23, 2018 04:03 PM

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says she has the "beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer's."

O'Connor made the announcement in a letter Tuesday. She said that her diagnosis was made "some time ago" and that as her condition has progressed she is "no longer able to participate in public life."

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O'Connor, 88, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and took her seat on the court in 1981. She announced her retirement in 2005.

O'Connor was the first woman to have served on the U.S. Supreme Court.


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