When the head of the third branch of government is hospitalized, it’s always a big story:
WASHINGTON, July 30 — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was hospitalized on today after suffering a seizure at his summer home in Maine, the Supreme Court announced.
The episode, described as a “benign idiopathic seizure,” was similar to one he suffered 14 years ago, according to the court’s press release. Idiopathic means that the cause of the seizure remains unknown.
He had no lasting effects from the earlier incident and was “fully recovered” from the seizure he suffered about 2 p.m. today, the court said, adding that the chief justice had undergone “a thorough neurological evaluation, which revealed no cause for concern.”
He was to remain overnight “as a precaution” at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
The seizure caused a fall, in which he “experienced minor scrapes,” the court said.
Christopher Burke, a spokesman for Penobscot Bay Medical Center, told The Associated Press, “It’s my understanding he’s fully recovered.
Of course, this report from earlier this evening from a local paper paints a slightly different story:
St. George Ambulance responded to a call at about 2 p.m. Monday 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. National news report quotes a Supreme Court spokeswoman as saying that Roberts was conscious the entire time of the incident. That spokeswoman has not returned a telephone call to the newspaper.
Regardless of what the situation is, one hopes Chief Justice Roberts will recover.
Unless, of course, you’re one of the humorless sickos at Wonkette:
Chief Justice John Roberts has died in his summer home in Maine. No, not really, but we know you have your fingers crossed.
There was a time when Wonkette was actually funny. Not anymore.