Chief Justice Takes a Tumble

Roberts taken to hospital as a precaution after fall at Maine vacation home
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2007 4:28 PM CDT
Chief Justice John Roberts gestures while speaking at a conference of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Huntington Beach, Calif. in this July 13, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Chief Justice John Roberts was taken to the hospital in an ambulance this afternoon after falling at his Maine vacation home, the Supreme Court announced. A spokeswoman said he was conscious after the fall, and an EMT told NBC he was alert on the trip to the hospital. The cause of the fall and any possible injuries remain under wraps.

Roberts traveled by boat from Hupper Island to the fishing village of Port Clyde and by ambulance to nearby Rockport. At 52, he is the youngest Supreme Court justice. He has no known medical conditions, but he did suffer an unexplained seizure in 1993. He retreated to his Port Clyde home this month after 2 weeks in Europe.