July 31, 2007
Chief Justice Roberts Suffers SeizureThe WaPo:
ROCKPORT, Maine, July 30 -- Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was rushed to a hospital here Monday afternoon after suffering a seizure at his summer island home, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said."Idiopathic" means the cause is unknown.
The Post also reports that this was the second such incident with Roberts. The first seizure, which happened in 1993, was disclosed to the Senate Committee during his confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court, but wasn't deemed relevant.
We get this additional tidbit from Forbes:
Medical opinions differed on just what Roberts' seizures mean.There's not much information at this point, except that Roberts seems to be fine save for some minor scrapes. But the possibility that it's epilepsy complicates matters, because a bad episode can cause more serious physical injuries. He can take medication to control it but as the NYT notes:
Dr. Langer said it could be difficult for doctors to decide whether the chief justice, who, at 52 is the youngest member of the court,, should start taking medication, which Dr. Langer said "have significant side effects."
At any rate, it's ironic this happened just days after a WaPo-ABC poll showing the public isn't happy with the conservative turn SCOTUS has taken with the Roberts and Alito confirmation, as well as Chuck Schumer's statement that no more Bush appointees should be confirmed considering Roberts and Alito's misrepresentations regarding stare decisis.
Bush's goal was obviously to pack SCOTUS with activist conservative judges, the younger the better to ensure a long tenure, but this episode with Roberts reminds us one never knows if another confirmation fight is just around the corner, and that we liberals should always be ready to hold our ground.
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