January 18, 1995 |
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, 70, sent shock waves through the marble hallways of the U.S. Supreme Court when he showed up wearing a black robe with brilliant gold stripes on each sleeve. For generations, Supreme Court justices have worn plain black robes--a visible sign of their fierce neutrality. Rehnquist said he personally designed the new adornment--four inch-wide horizontal stripes per sleeve, situated midway between shoulder and elbow.
September 9, 2005
Who is John Yoo, himself a Bush lackey, to decide that William H. Rehnquist was "one of the great chief justices in American history" (Opinion, Sept. 5)? The Rehnquist court will be remembered more for the harms it prevented him from doing than for those he managed to push through. Unfortunately, he succeeded in the greatest travesty of justice of any Supreme Court -- the appointment of George W. Bush to the presidency instead of allowing a lawful election to take its proper course. JEAN AND SAM SAPIN Sherman Oaks
March 11, 2004 |
Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist made an unusual appearance before Congress on Wednesday to back a proposed commemorative coin honoring perhaps the most influential previous occupant of his job. The $1 silver coin would honor the 250th anniversary of the birth of Chief Justice John Marshall, credited with establishing the Supreme Court as an equal branch of government with the legislative and executive branches.
January 2, 1997 |
Declaring the morale and quality of the federal judiciary is at stake, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is calling on Congress to give judges a cost-of-living raise. Federal judges, who now make $133,600 a year, "need and have earned" more money, especially since many could be making heftier salaries as top-tier private lawyers, Rehnquist said in his year-end message on the federal courts.
August 30, 1988
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist criticized the Senate's judicial confirmation process, saying that lawmakers expected judgeship nominees to give instant answers to complex constitutional questions. Speaking before the Bicentennial Australian Legal Convention in Canberra, Australia, Rehnquist said nominees are not computers, "all primed to spew out answers when the proper button was pushed." The text of the chief justice's address was released in Washington by the Supreme Court.
September 20, 2005
Re "Roberts Gains Respect, if Not Converts," Sept. 16 What is the Constitution? Is it a "living Constitution" (Earl Warren) or a "dead Constitution" (Justice Antonin Scalia)? Is it a "flexible Constitution" (FDR)? Thomas Jefferson felt that the Constitution ought to be changed every generation. In my own view, as a political scientist, I go along with Roosevelt's definition: It is a flexible document that can be "stretched" to fit existing conditions. From John G. Roberts Jr.'s testimony, I gather he will be neither Warren nor William H. Rehnquist but his own man who will judge cases as he sees them without prejudice.
October 30, 2000 |
A batch of secretly taped Nixon administration tapes released last week by the National Archives record President Nixon and his aides exulting over good press given to his nomination of William H. Rehnquist for the Supreme Court. On Oct. 27, 1971, Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman marveled at the timing, coming after two other nominees had been voted down by the Senate's Democratic majority after a hard fight.
June 20, 1997 |
With the Supreme Court facing a backlog of major undecided cases, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has resorted to his annual threat to leave town before his fellow justices complete their work. A speedy worker who hates to waste time, Rehnquist usually finishes his opinions within a few weeks. Several of his more plodding colleagues are apparently still writing concurring opinions and dissents on cases that were heard months ago. One case from October remains undecided.