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.
January 1, 2001 |
Only weeks after legal experts questioned whether the Supreme Court's Florida recount ruling might be political, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said he hoped the U.S. court system "will seldom, if ever" become embroiled in another presidential election. Rehnquist's annual report to Congress on the U.S. judiciary did not mention the criticism leveled against the high court.
December 13, 2000
Chief Justice Rehnquist, with whom Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas join, concurring. We join the per curiam opinion. We write separately because we believe there are additional grounds that require us to reverse the Florida Supreme Court's decision. * I We deal here not with an ordinary election, but with an election for the President of the United States. In Burroughs v. United States, 290 U. S.
October 30, 2000 |
A batch of secretly taped Nixon administration tapes released last week by the National Archives record President Nixon and his aides exulting over good press given to his nomination of William H. Rehnquist for the Supreme Court. On Oct. 27, 1971, Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman marveled at the timing, coming after two other nominees had been voted down by the Senate's Democratic majority after a hard fight.
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.