Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized Monday (and released Tuesday) after experiencing a seizure, his second. Doctors were unable to find a cause in either case, leading one neurologist unrelated to the episode to observe: “Having two seizures so many years apart without any known culprit is going to be very difficult to figure out.”


Chief Justice John Roberts is spending part of his summer vacation in a hospital bed after suffering a seizure in Maine.

Roberts, 52, had a similar, unexplained episode in 1993.

Doctors who evaluated the chief justice on Monday said the incident was a “benign idiopathic seizure,” meaning they found no tumor, stroke or other explanation. The seizure caused Roberts to fall on a dock and he sustained minor scrapes, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

[Roberts was released from the hospital on Tuesday.]

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