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.
September 27, 1999 |
Backed by four fellow conservatives, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist will resume leading a quiet constitutional revolution-in-the-making as the Supreme Court begins its new term next week. In a series of rulings since 1995, he has revived the once-discredited doctrine of states' rights and reined in the power of the national government. No one at the high court rhapsodizes about "building a bridge to the 21st century" or marvels at how computers are creating a global economy.
February 3, 1999 |
House prosecutors apparently have convinced Senate Republicans that they have a good case of obstruction of justice against President Clinton. It is not clear, however, that they could convince the judge who is presiding over the Senate impeachment trial, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Four years ago, he led the Supreme Court in overturning obstruction of justice charges against a California judge who had lied to two FBI agents and denied that he had revealed a secret wiretap. U.S.
January 11, 1999 |
The Supreme Court this week begins one of its busiest sessions of the year, including arguments on whether schools can be held liable for student-on-student sexual harassment and whether California can offer lower welfare benefits to newcomers. The justices will also consider whether police who make traffic stops can search the purses and briefcases of passengers in the car.
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.
September 28, 1998 |
This morning at 9, one of the capital's most important and least known annual rituals gets underway, heralded only by the sound of a buzzer on the first floor of the Supreme Court. Gathered behind closed doors for the first conference of the new term, the nine justices will shake hands, trade a few words about their summer vacations and sit down to decide on the 1,701 appeals that came in while they were away. It won't take long.
August 5, 1998 |
For the second time in less than a month, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on Tuesday rejected a White House request to delay grand jury testimony by witnesses in the Monica S. Lewinsky investigation. Without providing an explanation, Rehnquist refused to stay an appellate court ruling that upheld independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's subpoena of White House lawyers Bruce Lindsey and Lanny A. Breuer.
July 18, 1998 |
Three Secret Service witnesses testified before a federal grand jury Friday only hours after Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist refused an appeal by the Justice Department to put off their appearances in the Monica S. Lewinsky investigation. The developments marked the first time that Secret Service personnel have been compelled to testify in a criminal investigation about the conduct of a president they were charged with protecting.
January 1, 1998 |
Wading into a simmering dispute between Congress and the White House, Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on Wednesday chided Senate Republicans for stalling on President Clinton's judicial nominations. In an annual report on the federal judiciary, the conservative chief justice warned that the delays, which have left one out of every 10 federal judgeships vacant, threaten the quality of justice in federal courts.
June 20, 1997 |
With the Supreme Court facing a backlog of major undecided cases, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has resorted to his annual threat to leave town before his fellow justices complete their work. A speedy worker who hates to waste time, Rehnquist usually finishes his opinions within a few weeks. Several of his more plodding colleagues are apparently still writing concurring opinions and dissents on cases that were heard months ago. One case from October remains undecided.