May 22, 2004
How interesting that in "From Law Clerk to Chief Justice, He Has Slighted Rights" (Commentary, May 17), Cass Sunstein states that the memo penned by then law clerk William H. Rehnquist was uncannily prescient. This, of course, is in reference to the present-day "sentiments of a transient majority of nine men" (oh, that should, of course, be nine persons). One thing that he can be called prophetic about, his statement that "attempts ... to protect minority rights" by the Supreme Court over 150 years "have all met the same fate ... and crept silently to rest," would indicate that any conservative agenda that Chief Justice Rehnquist may now be pushing will be swept away in just a few generations because of the cyclical nature of the Supreme Court.
January 1, 1999 |
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, in his year-end report on the judiciary, faulted Congress on Thursday for turning local offenses into federal crimes, a trend that he said has overburdened the nation's courts. Last year, the number of new crime cases in the federal judiciary rose by 15%, he said, the largest increase in nearly three decades. The rise was propelled mostly by drug and immigration cases, he added.
July 14, 2005 |
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who is battling thyroid cancer, remained hospitalized Wednesday after being admitted a day earlier because of a fever. Rehnquist, taken by ambulance to a Virginia hospital, "was admitted for observation and tests," said Kathy Arberg, the Supreme Court's spokeswoman. She gave no further details on his condition and said Wednesday that she did not know when he would be released.
January 21, 2001 |
Just weeks after the controversial Supreme Court decision that ended manual recounts in Florida's presidential voting--effectively awarding the White House to George W. Bush--Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist gave a little-noticed history lecture suggesting that sometimes members of the court may have to become involved in political matters to prevent national crisis.
February 16, 1987 |
Saying that the federal courts are being swamped by "more and more cases of less and less importance," Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Sunday proposed a major restructuring of the federal judiciary that would move the nation toward a system of specialized national courts. In a speech to the American Bar Assn., Scalia portrayed a once-elite federal court system that is being crushed under the weight of an enormous caseload.
March 16, 1989 |
Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, addressing a rare press conference, warned Wednesday that the caliber of the judiciary will deteriorate unless Congress moves quickly to raise the salaries of federal judges.
August 14, 1986 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave President Reagan a double victory in his efforts to remake the Supreme Court in his image today by approving William H. Rehnquist as chief justice and Antonin Scalia to replace him as associate justice. The committee approved Rehnquist on a 13-5 vote to be the nation's 16th chief justice despite opposition from Democrats who said he was not candid about his racial views. The panel gave Scalia, a federal appeals court judge, its unanimous approval, 18 to 0.
January 2, 2004 |
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist scolded Congress Thursday for not consulting with the judiciary before enacting legislation that limits the ability of judges to impose lighter sentences than specified in federal guidelines. In his annual year-end report, Rehnquist lamented what he called "dramatic changes to laws governing the federal sentencing process." The changes were tucked into an anticrime bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in April.
January 1, 2000 |
Say what you will, the 20th century has been a good one for litigation. In 1999, 320,194 cases were filed in federal district courts, a 23-fold increase over the year 1900 when 13,605 cases were filed, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said in his year-end report on the judiciary. In addition, another 1.3 million federal bankruptcy petitions were filed. And this century, "I hasten to point out, has another year to run. Just ask the makers of '2001: A Space Odyssey,' " Rehnquist added.
January 1, 1992 |
The federal courts are in danger of being overwhelmed if Congress persists in assigning U.S. judges the responsibility for handling new cases involving guns, drug murders and sexual assaults, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said Tuesday in a year-end report. Rehnquist, a former Phoenix attorney, compared the federal court system to a Western desert town facing overdevelopment amid a water shortage. "In that situation, we must conserve water, not think of building new subdivisions," he said.