Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court chief hospitalized after suffering heart attack

SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants says he hopes to "resume full duties, albeit initially on a limited basis."

Ralph Gants, currently an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court leaves the room during a recess in Gants' Governor's Council confirmation hearing to succeed Roderick Ireland as the Chief Justice of the SJC at the Statehouse Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Ralph Gants after a confirmation hearing on his chief justice nomination in 2014. –Stephan Savoia / AP

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants says he hopes to be out the hospital “soon” after suffering a heart attack Friday

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Gants announced that he suffered the heart attack this past Friday and subsequently underwent surgery, in which he had two stents inserted in the blocked artery.

“I expect to be discharged soon,” Gants said. “I also expect that I will be able to resume full duties, albeit initially on a limited basis.”

The 66-year-old was first appointed to the state’s top court in 2009 and was sworn in as chief justice in 2014 after Chief Justice Roderick Ireland retired.


According to his online biography, Gants was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1954 and has an undergraduate and law degree from Harvard.

He began his career as a law clerk and then special assistant to former FBI Director William Webster, before becoming an assistant U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts and chief of the Public Corruption Unit. After entering private practice, Gants was appointed by Gov. Bill Weld to the Massachusetts Superior Court, where he served for 11 years before joining the Supreme Judicial Court.

According to his biography, Gants is married with two children.

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