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 |
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.
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.
January 27, 2004 |
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, responding to questions from two U.S. senators about a duck hunting trip involving Justice Antonin Scalia and Vice President Dick Cheney, said Monday that it is up to each justice, not the court as a whole, to decide whether to withdraw from a pending case. "There is no formal procedure for court review of the decision of a justice in an individual case," Rehnquist said in a letter to Democratic Sens. Patrick J.
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.