SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts hospitalized last month after serious fall, spokesperson says

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized overnight last month following a head injury caused by a fall, according to a Tuesday report from the Washington Examiner.

In a statement from Roberts spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg, the incident occurred on June 21 as he was “walking for exercise near his home.”

He reportedly sustained an injury to his forehead in the fall and was transported from the Chevy Chase Club in Montgomery County, Maryland, to a nearby hospital where he received sutures to close the wound.

“An abundance of caution”

According to Arberg, Roberts remained under the care of hospital staff overnight “out of an abundance of caution” and was released the following morning.

While he has a history of seizures, his spokeswoman said physicians ruled that out as a cause and “believe the fall was likely due to light-headedness caused by dehydration,” the Examiner noted.

She did not offer an explanation regarding why the injury and hospitalization were not revealed at the time they occurred.

An article by Politico states that the chief justice first suffered a seizure in 1993 while on a golf outing and was subsequently instructed not to drive for several months thereafter.

That information was reportedly not disclosed during his 2005 confirmation hearings, and he is said to have experienced another seizure two years later, which caused him to fall off a dock at his vacation home in Maine.

Other SCOTUS health scares

He sustained scrapes as a result of that tumble, and a witness recalled that the “chief justice’s head was covered in blood,” according to Politico.

Of course, Roberts is not the only justice on the nation’s highest court with a history of health problems.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, for example, is diabetic, and paramedics were called to her home in 2018 to treat her for low blood sugar, as Reuters reported.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court’s oldest justice, has been diagnosed with cancer on multiple occasions, including pancreatic cancer last summer, according to NPR. That health scare came on the heels of a December 2018 surgical procedure to remove cancerous nodules from her lungs, a problem that only came to light following a severe fall the previous month.

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