Chief Justice Roberts suffers benign seizure
While vacationing in Maine yesterday, Chief Justice John Roberts suffered what doctors are calling a benign seizure, fell about ten feet onto the deck of his boat, and was hospitalized. He's still in the hospital, as of this writing.
This is apparently similar to a seizure that Roberts had in 1993. Roberts is the most recent addition to the Supreme Court and, at age 52, the youngest. Here's a link to the story.
What could this health problem of Roberts' mean? If this affects his tenure on the Supreme Court, it could mean that Bush's partisan court won't turn out to be the reliable tool of the conservative movement that many had anticipated. I'll admit that I wish Roberts were off the Court, but I'm not wishing for his debilitation or death, perish the thought. Still, with a Senate narrowly controlled by Democrats, Bush wouldn't have the same leeway when it comes to ramming through partisan nominees. As head of the Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) may have allowed partisans like Roberts and Alito to win appointment with only token, ineffective scrutiny, but the current head of the Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), would be far less prone to let Bush's appointees glide through.
So let's all pray that Roberts has a speedy recovery, and that he elects to take care of his health by opting for early retirement.