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Chief Justice John Roberts Suffered A Seizure

Posted by nytexan on July 30, 2007

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Chief Justice John Roberts suffered a seizure at his summer home off the coast of Maine, causing him to fall, the Supreme Court said Monday.

Roberts was conscious after the fall, which happened at his vacation home near Port Clyde, Maine, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told CNN.

The chief justice was taken to a nearby hospital where he is expected to stay overnight.

Roberts has “fully recovered from the incident,” and a neurological evaluation “revealed no cause for concern,” the Supreme Court said.

A hospital spokesman would not discuss the case, citing privacy concerns.

A witness said Roberts fell on a dock, and his injuries did not appear serious.

Roberts, 52, experienced a similar episode years ago. Sources close to the chief justice said Roberts suffered an unexplained seizure in 1993, soon after his first nomination to the D.C. circuit stalled in the Senate.

Friends blamed the seizure on stress from the confirmation fight, and Roberts limited certain activities such as driving after it happened. But after a few weeks, the problem went away, and he has since not suffered any health crises, the sources said.

President Bush was notified about Monday’s incident during an Oval Office meeting, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

Roberts recently spent two weeks in Europe, where he taught a law course in Vienna, Austria, and attended a judicial conference in Paris, France, court sources said. Roberts was at the Supreme Court late last week before traveling to Maine.

The chief justice bought his vacation home in June 2006. It is one of 20 to 30 homes on the 400-acre island, according to a town official in St. George.

Roberts was appointed by Bush and has served as chief justice since September 2005.

Roberts served on the influential federal appellate court for the District of Columbia before being nominated to the Supreme Court after the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

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5 Responses to “Chief Justice John Roberts Suffered A Seizure”

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  2. Robert Allen said

    I am sure by tomorrow afternoon the left wing loons in congress will start another investigation on President Bush’s court pick to see if he was hiding any medical problems. Then they will call on the bed wetter Harry Reid to pull out troops of Iraq. Get the Hippe Pelosi to hug children in Syria. Man 2008 is going to be fun just watching the loons get beat back again.

  3. nytexan said

    I doubt that. I’m surprised that his medical history was not revealed to Congress or the public before or during his confirmation.The White House put a statement today that they were aware of hid 1993 seizures. No reason to keep it secret.

    It really would not have effect his position as Chief Justice, unless the doctors thinks its an issue.

    BTW:Arlen Spector, a republican, is the one that has started an investigation of Roberts testimony during his confirmation.

  4. Why wasn’t Roberts’ health issues vetted BEFORE the senate lined up to approve him? Mark my words, Bush will get another SCOTUS nominee while in office. All the more reason he needs to be impeached before he has the chance.

  5. nytexan said

    It should have been made very public, especially since he could be the chief for 35+ years. I don’t know if it would have effected his hearings but everyone should have been told.

    I really hope Ginsburg and Beyer hold on until after the elections.

    Personally I think there should be rules where the chief is picked by seniority and SCOTUS experience. That slot should not be given to a new nominee.

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