July 21, 1991 |
Decommissioning of the never used Shoreham nuclear power plant moved closer as Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist refused to block the transfer of the plant to New York state. The plant could be turned over for dismantling as early as this summer. New York state long opposed operation of the plant on grounds there was no way to evacuate nearby residents in case of an accident. There followed a decade-long safety battle. That led to an agreement for Long Island Lighting Co.
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.
May 15, 2001 |
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist lashed out at critics of expenses-paid, out-of-town conferences for federal judges, saying the trips provide valuable education for people who work hard. Businesses and various lobbying interests sponsor conferences for federal judges, paying air fare, hotel and other expenses. Last week, U.S. Supreme Court justices were scattered from Alaska to Georgia, speaking to bar associations and other lawyers' groups.
March 13, 1997 |
Rejecting complaints from Muslim groups offended by a frieze depicting the Prophet Muhammad, the Supreme Court has declared that the marble sculpture in its chamber "is not a form of idol worship" and will not be altered, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said in a letter. A coalition of 16 Muslim groups wrote the court last month asking that Muhammad's face be sandblasted off the north wall of the chamber in deference to Islamic beliefs. The depiction of a prophet is considered a sacrilege.
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.