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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/scotus_roberts;_ylt=AhqQ2VhTDRkDb1Yz1_Fq9K2s0NUE Chief Justice Roberts suffers seizure By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer 9
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      Chief Justice Roberts suffers seizure

      By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer 9 minutes ago

      WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts suffered a
      seizure at his summer home in Maine on Monday, causing
      a fall that resulted in minor scrapes, Supreme Court
      spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

      He will remain in a hospital in Maine overnight.

      Roberts, 52, was taken by ambulance to the Penobscot
      Bay 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.

      The incident occurred around 2 p.m. EDT on a dock near
      the home in Port Clyde on Maine's Hupper Island. Port
      Clyde, which is part of the town of St. George, is
      about 90 miles by car northeast of Portland, midway up
      the coast of Maine.

      Roberts was taken by private boat to the mainland and
      then transferred to an ambulance, St. George Fire
      Chief Tim Polky said.

      "He was conscious and alert when they put him in the
      rescue (vehicle)," Polky said. The hospital, in
      Rockport, did not immediately return a call from The
      Associated Press.

      Named to the court by President Bush in 2005, Roberts
      is the youngest justice on a court in which the senior
      member, John Paul Stevens, is 87. Bush was informed of
      the hospitalization by his chief of staff, Josh
      Bolten, the White House said.

      Roberts is the father of two young children.

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

      Larry Robbins, a Washington attorney who worked with
      Roberts at the Justice Department in 1993, said he
      drove Roberts to work for several months after the
      incident. Robbins said Roberts never mentioned what
      the problem was and he never heard of it happening
      again.

      In 2001, Roberts described his health as "excellent,"
      according to Senate Judiciary Committee records.

      Roberts became chief justice after the death of
      William Rehnquist in September 2005, although Bush had
      first chosen him to take Sandra Day O'Connor's seat
      when she announced her retirement earlier that year.

      He had served as an appellate judge in Washington and
      spent more than a decade before that as a lawyer at
      the Hogan and Hartson law firm, where he specialized
      in arguing cases before the Supreme Court.

      Roberts also served in the Reagan and Bush
      administrations in the 1980s and '90s. He was a clerk
      for Rehnquist after graduating from Harvard Law
      School.

      Roberts spent a couple of weeks in Europe in July,
      teaching a course in Vienna and attending a conference
      in Paris. He was at the court in Washington late last
      week.

      ___

      Associated Press writer David Sharp in Portland,
      Maine, contributed to this story.

      ___

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