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Chief Justice Roberts Update

Paul mentioned below that Chief Justice Roberts had fallen at his home earlier today. There are now more details becoming available. Here is a bit of the Fox News report:

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts took a spill at his home and ended up being taken to the hospital on Monday.

A spokesman at the Supreme Court said Roberts fell while at his summer home in Maine, and he was hospitalized as a "precaution." He apparently took a fall around 2 p.m. ET.

"He's fine," said another source close to Roberts.

Roberts, 52, was taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine, according to St. George Fire Chief Tim Polky. He was transferred from his house to the mainland on a private boat; from there he was transferred to an ambulance, Polky said.

"He was conscious and alert when they put him in the rescue (vehicle) and took him to Penobscot Bay Medical Center," Polky said.

But MaineCoastNow.com reported that St. George Ambulance responded to a call of a man who had fallen 5 to 10 feet and landed on a dock, hitting the back of his head. The patient was ashen and was foaming at the mouth. The patient had reportedly suffered a grand mal seizure.


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Comments (36)

heh- "The patient was ashen... (Below threshold)
Paul:

heh- "The patient was ashen and was foaming at the mouth. The patient had reportedly suffered a grand mal seizure."

The lefties will have a FIELD DAY with that one. (assuming he's ok...) I'm not sure I can blame them. lol

If Roberts should ever need... (Below threshold)

If Roberts should ever need an organ, I'm there. If he needs a heart transplant, I'll rip mine out of my chest here and now and hand it to him. Anything to keep him on the court.

Bummer.======... (Below threshold)
kim:

Bummer.
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Kind of funny how Schumer m... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Kind of funny how Schumer made the statements he made with no immediate vacancies on the horizon.

Is this epilepsy?... (Below threshold)
Robert the Original:

Is this epilepsy?

Personally, the way I read ... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Personally, the way I read the story, the man foaming at the mouth may be a completely different patient from Chief Justice Roberts.

Then again, it could be Roberts. Head injuries can make people do weird things.

My prayers are with him and his family anyway.

In reading the <a href="htt... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

In reading the Yahoo! News report (updated 35 minutes ago as of this writing), it does appear to have been a seizure. And, as this is his second, Robert, it does appear that a diagnosis of epilepsy is in order:

Roberts had a similar episode in 1993, she said.

Doctors called Monday's incident "a benign idiopathic seizure," Arberg said. The White House described the January 1993 episode as an "isolated, idiosyncratic seizure."

A benign seizure means that doctors performed an MRI and other tests to conclude there was no tumor, stroke or other explanation.

In addition, doctors would have quickly ruled out simple explanations such as dehydration or low blood sugar.

By definition, someone who has had more than one seizure without any other cause is determined to have epilepsy, said Dr. Marc Schlosberg, a neurologist at Washington Hospital Center, who is not involved in the Roberts' case.

Whether Roberts will need anti-seizure medications to prevent another is something he and his doctor will have to decide.

But after two seizures, the likelihood of another at some point is greater than 60 percent.

"When it's going to occur, obviously nobody knows," Schlosberg said.

Sounds like he and his doctors have some tough decisions ahead.

It could be worse. He coul... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

It could be worse. He could fall asleep in the middle of a hearing.

I suspect he'll hang on, but if the third one isn't like 10 or 15 years from now, he'll be gone.

If there is something more to Roberts condition that what we've heard and it was known, it could explain Schumer's comment. It also would make me wonder if Roberts' appointment was a temporary placation.

Schmuck Schumer is going to... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Schmuck Schumer is going to demand that Roberts resign.

Just watch.

Schmuck Schumer is... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:
Schmuck Schumer is going to demand that Roberts resign.

Just watch.

If he does, the GOP will eat him alive as being anti-disabled.

Not that Schumer isn't stupid enough to try it...

There is absolutely no reas... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

There is absolutely no reason why epilepsy would disqualify someone from serving on the Supreme Court. Zero. Zip. Nada.

Of course not, SPQR. And th... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Of course not, SPQR. And that's why Schumer would be raked over the coals if he tried it.

Again, not that he's not stupid enough to give it a shot...

True love often reveals its... (Below threshold)
Robert the Original:

True love often reveals itself in strange ways.

I have been spending lots of time in hospitals lately and it is always touching and sad to see those two gray heads huddling around the IV tower, beside the oxygen rig.

One of the most memorable moments in my life came unexpectedly while waiting in line for a Las Vegas show. A woman had a seizure: loss of bladder control, jerking, foaming, the full bit.

Dressed to the nines, she suddenly found herself on the floor in a puddle; well, you probably can imagine the scene.

Her husband/boyfriend got right down on the floor with her, put his arms around her, and covered her eyes with his hands so she could not see the people staring.


I'm trained in first aid my... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

I'm trained in first aid myself, and have been at the scene of a couple of incidents at work.

Rule #1 is always to get the crowd away. There's two reasons for this. First, ya gotta give the firemen and EMTs a way to get to the victim. Second, the victim doesn't need the added stress of lots of staring eyes.

Invariably, we get lots of looky-loos, tho. So my technique is to put some of them to work keeping others away. It makes them feel like they are helping, and has the added benefit of getting them out of my hair.

Millions of Americans suffe... (Below threshold)
scrapiron Author Profile Page:

Millions of Americans suffer from seizures and there are dozens of things that cause it. First, did he have a seizure and fall or fall and have a seizure. The right knock on the noggin will result in seizures. It's likely someone in everyone's family will suffer from a seizure, just clear around them and don't try to hold them down. A few pillows around them and all other items removed. They usually pass rather rapidly.

Is it wrong to hope that ro... (Below threshold)
rachel:

Is it wrong to hope that roberts has a huge metastatic astrocytoma???

Posted by rachel | July 31,... (Below threshold)
yo:

Posted by rachel | July 31, 2007 12:03 AM

Sure is.

Is it wrong to hop... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:
Is it wrong to hope that roberts has a huge metastatic astrocytoma???

Yes, it is.

But hardly surprising, given the level of BDS in some of the trolls around here.

Is it wrong to hop... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:
Is it wrong to hope that roberts has a huge metastatic astrocytoma???

It's also incorrect in that the AP story says:

Roberts, 52, was taken by ambulance to the medical center, where he underwent a "thorough neurological evaluation, which revealed no cause for concern," Arberg said in a statement.

Roberts had a similar episode in 1993, she said.

Doctors called Monday's incident "a benign idiopathic seizure," Arberg said. The White House described the January 1993 episode as an "isolated, idiosyncratic seizure." Both descriptions indicate that doctors could not determine the seizure's cause or link it to another medical condition. For example, doctors would have quickly ruled out simple explanations such as dehydration or low blood sugar.

Surely a "thorough neurological evaluation" would reveal an astrocytoma.

Now go back to WizBlue.

My late friend Kurt suffere... (Below threshold)
Paul Hamilton:

My late friend Kurt suffered from grand mal epileptic seizures from the time he was in high school to his early thirties when they finally stopped. Epilepsy is one of those conditions which seems to have a lot of stigma attached to it, but the worst thing that can happen is for the person to ignore them or pretend he doesn't have a problem out of shame. This administration has a thing about secrecy, but I hope they are completely open about this and, if it was a seizure, that they treat this as an opportunity to educate the public about the condition and the fact that the vast majority of epileptics can live a very productive life. In the absence of some other condition, there is no reason at all for any talk of him resigning.

"Schmuck Schumer is going t... (Below threshold)
RobLACal.:

"Schmuck Schumer is going to demand that Roberts resign.

Just watch."

I have no doubt this was on his sinister mind as soon as heard the news. It's how they think. You would think being treasonous lying frauds would be grounds for those menaces in the democrat party to resign. For them it;s promotion time.

Paul Hamilton,T... (Below threshold)
ras:

Paul Hamilton,

This administration has a thing about secrecy...

Roberts works in the judiciary, not in the administration.

Agreed on the rest of your pts.

I accept with Jim. John Rob... (Below threshold)

I accept with Jim. John Roberts is desperately need in the court now, hope he'll get ready soon and go to court...
Conservatories Norfolk

Schmuck Schumer is going... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Schmuck Schumer is going to demand that Roberts resign.
Just watch.

If he does, the GOP will eat him alive as being anti-disabled.

Not that Schumer isn't stupid enough to try it...


I wish.

The GOP has no balls whatsoever. Schumer has basically said that Bush has zero chance of getting any more SC nomminees. Were I a GOP Senator I would make clear that in that light the next Democratic President has no chance either of getting any SC nominees.

Simple.

Is it wrong to hope that... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Is it wrong to hope that roberts has a huge metastatic astrocytoma???

Why is it always the liberals who wish death on people?

After they accuse conservatives of cruelty, that is.

Ras:Paul Ham... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:
Ras:

Paul Hamilton,

This administration has a thing about secrecy...

Roberts works in the judiciary, not in the administration.

Agreed on the rest of your pts.

I know that your heart was in the right place, Ras, but, as the saying goes, Paul Hamilton's comments say a great deal more about him and his own biases than they do about anyone else.

A man is in the hospital and - as several people with varying degrees of medical expertise have already pointed out - there is no reason to assume epilepsy is the cause yet. It may yet be the cause and can be dealt with then. There are other possibilities, however, and until then, speculation does no one any good.

John Roberts has not less right to medical privacy than any of us here do. While there are certain things that I may personally feel compelled to disclose were I in his position, I would not be required to do so and neither is he. "Shame" (or the perception of it) has no bearing on this and was simply a cheap shot.

For now, I just hope that this father of two young children recovers fully and is able to return to his family in good health.

Why is it always the lib... (Below threshold)

Why is it always the liberals who wish death on people?

After they accuse conservatives of cruelty, that is.

It's called projection. Leftists accuse conservatives of all kinds of nasty things because that is what they would do in the same situation.

This administratio... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:
This administration has a thing about secrecy, but I hope they are completely open about this and, if it was a seizure, that they treat this as an opportunity to educate the public about the condition and the fact that the vast majority of epileptics can live a very productive life.

Trust Hamilton to drag in a shot at Bush.

Paul Ham. has to get notice... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Paul Ham. has to get noticed someway. Over at "blue" it is dark thirty all the time.

Ohio Voter,Paul wa... (Below threshold)
ras:

Ohio Voter,

Paul was, as jhow66 above noted, taking a shot at Bush. My intent was to point out to Paul that his shot makes no sense (over and above it being inappropriate to the topic) since Roberts is in a different branch of govt.

But I do think that, since it will be a news story, that it will be a good opportunity to point out to people that epileptics are not lepers. Roberts can stay silent and private on it if he wants, but I honestly think he's a man of character almost certain to step up and make lemonade out of this.

p.s. Thx for the tone of your comment; it's so nice to talk w/adults.

Agreed. And I also... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

Agreed.

And I also agree with your view on Roberts and the opportunity that it presents. While I may not always agree with his views, I do believe he is an honarable man and will behave appropriately.

And probably with a better sense of humor than his critics ..... ;-)

Robert's "handicap" is no g... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Robert's "handicap" is no greater that that which the party of Judaa, the democrats, suffer under. That is abition. Notice how all of the Dem candidates act as though they are running against Bush. No mention of radical islam or the problems we are having with that bunch. All they talk about is imposing a communist agenda upon us. If C. Schumer calls for Robers to resign, good. Robers will not do so. Fuck Chuck.

Where is Pennywit to decry ... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Where is Pennywit to decry the insensitive statements of lefties towards Roberts' medical problem?

Oh, that's right, he only decries conservatives, never lefties.

John Roberts may be, quite ... (Below threshold)

John Roberts may be, quite simply, the most brilliant man ever to serve on SCOTUS -- and also a consummate gentleman and just all around great guy (which will set him apart from, say, Scalia, who is brilliant as well, but as prickly as a Plum Rose in August). The nation is fortunate that he is CJ, and he will go down in history as one of the greatest to serve in that position, if his health will permit him to continue.

Hamilton, your comment: "Th... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Hamilton, your comment: "This administration has a thing about secrecy ..." is completely offbase. Your BDS has blinded you to the fact that the Bush administration does not run the Supreme Court. The Bush administration has no say in whether or not C.J. Roberts' condition is disclosed or not. He does not work for them. Not at all.

You need to consider how your BDS has distorted your thinking on matters.

You need to consid... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:
You need to consider how your BDS has distorted your thinking on matters.

He can't. His BDS skews even that sort of contemplation.




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