Skip to comments.Rehnquist's Coffin Carried to Supreme Court (Justices Souter, Kennedy skip ceremony)
Posted on 09/06/2005 2:18:38 PM PDT by frankjr
The flag-draped coffin of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was brought to the Supreme Court's Great Hall this morning as court justices, his nominated successor and friends and family looked on in a highly symbolic and emotional ceremony marking the death of the nation's 16th chief justice.
Rehnquist's wooden casket, draped with the American flag, was carried up the Supreme Court's long marble stairs by a former assistant and seven former law clerks, including John Roberts, the man nominated by President Bush to succeed him. ... President Bush and first lady Laura Bush came to the court building shortly before 4 p.m. to pay their respects. While the public viewing line was stopped briefly, Bush and his wife walked over to the casket and stood there for a moment in silence. Then, accompanied by Justice Antonin Scalia, they viewed a portrait of Rehnquist before leaving.
As the pallbearers carried the casket up the stairs in the morning, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has announced plans to retire from the court, wiped away tears and appeared visibly shaken. O'Connor has known Rehnquist since they attended Stanford Law School together. ... Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and David Souter were absent from the ceremony.
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THEY SKIPPED IT?
While John Roberts was one of the pallbearers. Maybe he should replace all three.
Souter guarding his house from seizure?
I understand that Souter finally got Andrew Sullivan to get back together with him today, so they're having some alone time.
Maybe Souter was pissed because his pall bearer spot was given to Roberts.
Souter's still pissed because Rehnquist didn't ask him to the prom.
It had better have been their own funerals to show such disrespect.
They probably had a romantic weekend in the Poconos already paid for.
"Souter guarding his house from seizure?"
I think Kennedy is out of the country but returning and Souter well....he would not even issue a statement.
beat me by 30 seconds!
Thank you for the first real laugh of the day.
was souter out "jogging" ?
Could it be that atheists don't attend prayer services?
"I thought the supreme court justices were not supposed to all be in the same place at the same time. They do not all show up the swearing in of the president or state of the union speeches."
Why would that be the case?
They do that for the executive branch of government though. 1 cabinet member is always absent I believe.
"I thought the supreme court justices were not supposed to all be in the same place at the same time."
I bet this really puts them in a pickle when it is time to hear cases.
Souter skipped it, probably that time of the month.
Justice Kennedy was in China and is on his way home.
Souter was busy having his "beard" manicured.
Perhaps. But they all show up for picture time.
Inappropriate behavior seems more commonplace than ever... I'm not that surprised.
"They do that for the executive branch of government though. 1 cabinet member is always absent I believe."
I think that is also must be true for the Senate...Kerry is always absent as well.
They are all together in that big White Building in Washington DC every day while the court is in session.
Great minds think alike.
" Justice Kennedy was in China and is on his way home."
China, eh? Very suspicious. Maybe Kennedy was doing some more research into foreign law to help him decide a case...the U.S. Constitution just doesn't do it for him.
Well, all nine are present during oral arguments.
I understand that Souter finally got Andrew Sullivan to get back together with him today, so they're having some alone time.Yowza!
Kennedy is returning from Europe tomorrow. Souter didn't come and didn't give a message of condolence as all the rest of the justices did because he is a weird jerk. He's probably guarding his homestead from the guy who wants to build a hotel on it after Souter's evil ruling permitting the government to seize everyone else's homesteads.
Every justice on the Supreme Court issued a statement praising William Rehnquist, except Souter.
Methinks Souter has a grudge against the Cheif.
Unlike the other eight he did NOT issue a statement. I cannot comprehend this utter lack of respect for both the person and the Office of Chief Justice.
I guess atheist don't believe in multiculturalism.
This is really, really, really beyond the pale for that little weasel Souter. If Ginsberg were to die, Scalia would be there...and it would be the right thing to do. This is shocking.
I gotta say that Roberts serving as a pallbearer makes me feel a lot better about him. It's sort of like the legacy of the Chief is being passed on to him. Hard to imagine that he would cut out a path far different from the Chief now. It could happen and I am still deeply disturbed about the gay pro bono thing. But this makes me feel quite a bit better.
Okay. Wasn't trying to be cute. But I know what you are saying. :)
You've answered the question. Kerry must be thinking that the rest of Congress and the Administration will get wiped out by some kind of catastrophe, then he could be in charge as the only elected official remaining.
"Methinks Souter has a grudge against the Chief."
I hope when Roberts is CJ, and Souter's boss, that he assigns Souter the crummy jobs around the courthouse (i.e. emptying the trashcans of the other Justices).
"...utter lack of respect for both the person and the Office of Chief Justice."
You know, that's the deal. Liberals think everything is about them. Souter probably got his knuckles rapped by the chief and is still wetting the bed at night. So he gets even by snubbing him at death. He is simply incapable of understanding that the office of the Chief Justice of the United States is something to be respectful of, regardless of who sits there at the moment, just like the Presidency, etc. But those conservative virtues are lost on libs like Souter.
Brief, passing flare-up of conscience?
He doesn't have to. His actions speak volumes.
Memo to Bush: Nominate a KNOWN conservative to replace SDO, otherwise you risk getting Soutered just like your dad did.
"gay pro bono thing"
That just sounds dirty!
Ouch...That's gonna leave a mark, better put some ice on it!
The heaviest load that can be carried by six or eight....
(i.e. emptying the trashcans of the other Justices).
;^) Roberts has more class than that!
Souter also is the only one who did not pen a tribute for
Rehnquist. He truly is a despicable man. Where is lightning when you need it?
This is also from the Washington Post:
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was traveling in China and was unable to make it back in time for the ceremony; Justice David H. Souter was also out of town. Court officials said both men will be in Washington for the chief justice's funeral tomorrow.
"really beyond the pale for that little weasel Souter."
Weasel is as weasel does....Ruthie's lil weasel boy. He's gonna be a lost judgie when Buzzy Ruth checks out. She is his Chief Justice.