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US high court justice recovering after shoulder injury

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer during an interview at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 17, 2012
US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer answers a question during an interview with Agence France-Presse at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 17, 2012. Breyer was recovering from shoulder surgery Saturday after injuring himself in a bicycle fall

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was recovering from shoulder surgery Saturday after injuring himself in a bicycle fall, court officials said.

Breyer, 74, suffered a fractured shoulder following an accident in Washington on Friday during which he fell from his bike, a statement said.

"The surgery was successful and the justice is resting comfortably," the statement added.

"He is expected to be released from the hospital early in the week."

Breyer, considered one of the more liberal justices on the Supreme Court, was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

The nine-member US Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States and has ultimate jurisdiction over all federal courts and in cases relating to federal law.

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