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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1986
Analogy is the mother's milk of Anglo-Saxon legal thinking. Our rich system has grown, largely because judges, attorneys, and in recent times, legislators have seized upon the similarities in apparently dissimilar situations to fashion "new," dynamic and often controversial legal principles. Sometimes, the milk curdles, and analogical thinking becomes strained, as lawyers weave thin strands by "extending" vague principles to totally novel situations. Historians deal more cautiously with the always tempting appeal of analogy.
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MAGAZINE
November 2, 1986 | DONALD R. PHILBIN JR. and PAMELA J. MINETTO, Donald Philbin and Pamela Minetto are third-year law students at Pepperdine.
On the first Monday in August, a temperate, foggy morning, Chief Justice-designate William H. Rehnquist stood and faced his audience. He had just finished two days of interrogation before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The group he was about to address, though, consisted not of senators in Washington but of students in Malibu: As the committee deliberated, he headed for the West Coast to teach a two-week seminar to two dozen future lawyers.
SPORTS
December 13, 1988 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, in a key ruling supporting the enforcement powers of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn., ruled Monday that the organization may force Nevada Las Vegas to suspend its highly successful basketball coach, Jerry Tarkanian, for recruiting violations and other irregularities. On a 5-4 vote, the high court said that the NCAA does not have to follow the same constitutional guidelines that cover government agencies in investigating violations of regulations.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2011 | By Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times
Five Chiefs A Supreme Court Memoir John Paul Stevens Little Brown: 292 pp., $24.99 There is something about the dignity of the Supreme Court that apparently causes its justices to adjust its realities in their writings. Chief Justice Earl Warren, the first chief to write an autobiography (though he died before finishing it), insisted that there had never been any disagreement among his colleagues over Brown vs. Board of Education; that was quaint but false. Justice Stephen Breyer's most recent book held that the brethren "maintain good relations with one another" no matter how deep their differences; that too is a bit hard to believe.
BOOKS
February 19, 1989
Combining personal anecdote and juridical analysis, the chief justice of the United States presents details of his own background and discusses the history of the Supreme Court in language accessible to the literate layman. Rehnquist does not discuss court cases since 1953 in which his current colleagues played a part. He writes instead of his own beginnings as law clerk to Robert H. Jackson, an associate justice of the Supreme Court, and of his first years at the Capital.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2004 | Anthony Day, Special to The Times
'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.
OPINION
March 15, 2014 | By Erwin Chemerinsky
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire from the Supreme Court after the completion of the current term in June. She turned 81 on Saturday and by all accounts she is healthy and physically and mentally able to continue. But only by resigning this summer can she ensure that a Democratic president will be able to choose a successor who shares her views and values. A great deal turns on who picks Ginsburg's successor. There are, for example, four likely votes to overturn Roe vs. Wade on the current court: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel A. Alito Jr. If a Republican president selects Ginsburg's replacement, that justice easily could be the fifth vote needed to allow the government to prohibit all abortions.
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