U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the bench Tuesday for the first time since her cancer surgery last December.

The 85-year-old justice appeared fully alert and engaged during arguments in the case Return Mail v. U.S. Postal Service, a statutory interpretation dispute involving the America Invents Act. None of the justices made any public mention of her return, customary silence for a court that is generally all business.

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