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January 21, 2005 | David Savage, Times Staff Writer
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist fulfilled a promise to President Bush and to himself when he walked slowly to the inaugural platform Thursday and administered the oath of office to the president. Rehnquist looked frail, used a cane, spoke with a raspy voice and left shortly after the president pronounced the final words, "So help me God." But the 80-year-old Rehnquist succeeded in performing the most public and ceremonial duty of his office, despite suffering from thyroid cancer.
January 1, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Ailing Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said today that judges must be protected from political threats, including from conservative Republicans who maintain that "judicial activists" should be impeached and removed from office.
December 11, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has sworn in every president since 1988 and, despite undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer, he plans to read President Bush the oath of office at his second inauguration Jan. 20. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Friday that Rehnquist "was invited to administer the oath of office, and he has accepted."
November 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist will be absent from the Supreme Court on Monday, beginning a sixth week of missed work caused by thyroid cancer. The 80-year-old has been receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment at home and plans to skip the two-week cycle of arguments that starts Monday, a court spokesman said Friday. No other information was available. Little has been made public about the seriousness of Rehnquist's cancer, which was announced in a terse statement Oct. 25.
November 2, 2004 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, heightening the uncertainty that surrounds the Supreme Court on the eve of the presidential election, announced Monday that he was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for his thyroid cancer and would not return to work this week as he had hoped. "My plan to return to the office today was too optimistic," Rehnquist said in a statement issued by the court. "I am continuing to take radiation and chemotherapy treatments on an outpatient basis."
October 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was sent home after spending a week in the hospital for treatment of thyroid cancer. A Supreme Court spokesman announced the 80-year-old Rehnquist's release from the National Naval Medical Center in suburban Bethesda, Md.
October 27, 2004 | Richard Simon and David G. Savage, Times Staff Writers
Following the news of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's hospitalization for thyroid cancer, conservative and liberal activists scrambled Tuesday to rally support for President Bush or his Democratic rival, Sen. John F. Kerry, by reminding partisans that the presidential election could shape the future of the Supreme Court. The National Rifle Assn.
October 26, 2004 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the 80-year-old leader of the Supreme Court, underwent surgery for thyroid cancer over the weekend, less than two weeks before the presidential election that will almost surely decide who would replace him. Rehnquist was admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland on Friday and "underwent a tracheotomy on Saturday in connection with a recent diagnosis of thyroid cancer," the court said in a statement Monday.
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.
May 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist took a utility's corporate jet to Ohio on Saturday so he could speak at the dedication of the state's new court building in Columbus. American Electric Power flew Rehnquist at the request of the Ohio Supreme Court, which plans to pay for the $3,800 flight, said AEP spokesman Pat Hemlepp. Security issues and Rehnquist's knee problem made a commercial flight impractical, said Ohio Supreme Court spokesman Chris Davey.
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