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.
June 27, 2003 |
The latest Supreme Court term ended Thursday without the momentous announcement that many in the capital had braced for: a justice's retirement. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor are -- it increasingly appears -- staying put, despite weeks of speculation that either could choose to step down this month to allow President Bush to name a successor. Some court-watchers cautioned that a retirement could still occur today or -- far less likely -- this summer.
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.
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.
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.