Sandra Day O'Connor Diagnosed With Dementia

The first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court is battling dementia.  Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor released a statement through the Supreme Court and noted that the disease is in its early stages.  

Nonetheless, she is withdrawing from public life.  

The 88-year old O'Connor was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.  Prior to her appointment, O'Connor was a judge and state lawmaker in Arizona.  

O'Connor was seen as a key swing vote on the high court before her retirement in 2006.

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