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.
April 16, 2004 |
'Centennial Crisis' The Disputed Election of 1876 William H. Rehnquist Alfred A. Knopf: 276 pp., $26 * There was some murmuring in political circles when it became known that William H. Rehnquist, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was writing a book about the first time the court helped decide a disputed presidential election. Might Rehnquist use the 1876 contest between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel J.
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.
June 8, 2003 |
After a winter drive across the upper Midwest in an unheated Studebaker, a 27-year-old Stanford law graduate arrived at the Supreme Court on Feb. 1, 1952. It was his first day as a law clerk, and his first glimpse of the grand white-marble facade of the high court. But he was no ordinary rookie, awed and unsure of himself. William H.
May 19, 2003 |
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is not exactly cuddly, but he is a real doll. The impassive visage of the Supreme Court leader is now depicted on a bobble-head figurine. The doll is the brainchild of the editors at a small legal journal who intend it as an admittedly peculiar tribute to the 78-year-old jurist in what may be his last year on the bench.
January 1, 2003 |
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist used his year-end report on federal courts to plead for help for what he says are overworked and underpaid judges. In a softer tone than in 2001, Rehnquist said he hoped Congress would recognize that top federal judges are fleeing to better-paying private jobs.
November 27, 2002 |
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a knee injury he suffered in a fall at his home Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court said. Doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center repaired a torn quadriceps tendon in the chief justice's right leg, the spokeswoman, Kathy Arberg, said. Rehnquist, 78, was "resting comfortably" and will begin physical therapy soon, Arberg said.
June 30, 2002 |
At the Supreme Court, long membership has its rewards. Since the mid-1970s, William H. Rehnquist and John Paul Stevens have staked out opposing views on many of the biggest issues that come before the Supreme Court: religion, the death penalty, civil rights, abortion, crime and punishment, and states' rights. Now, Rehnquist, 77, and Stevens, 82, are enjoying the peaks of their influence, swaying the court in the term that ended last week to some of their most cherished goals.
September 26, 2001 |
In decades past, the Supreme Court met through the last week of September for what was known as the "long conference." The nine justices gathered to sift through the 1,700 or so appeals that had arrived over the summer and voted on which ones to review. Since Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist took over, however, the conference lasts but a few hours on a Monday morning. He insists that his colleagues come prepared and ready to vote in rapid succession, with a minimum of discussion.
February 14, 2001 |
Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and leaders of two of the nation's largest lawyers' associations joined Tuesday in pushing for higher salaries for federal judges. Rehnquist appeared with the presidents of the American Bar Assn. and the Federal Bar Assn., who presented a report warning that salary levels on the federal bench "have reached such levels of inadequacy that they threaten to impair the quality and independence" of the judiciary.