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Rehnquist's Coffin Carried to Supreme Court (Justices Souter, Kennedy skip ceremony)
Washington Post ^ | 9/6/05 | Daniela Deane and Tom Jackman

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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KEYWORDS: inrepose; rehnquist; scotus
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Mmmm, I guess Kennedy and Souter deserve the benefit of the doubt. Maybe something suddenly came up. Hopefully something very, very important.
1 posted on 09/06/2005 2:18:42 PM PDT by frankjr
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THEY SKIPPED IT?


2 posted on 09/06/2005 2:19:15 PM PDT by cmsgop ( I DON'T C.A.I.R. !!!!!!!!!)
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While John Roberts was one of the pallbearers. Maybe he should replace all three.


3 posted on 09/06/2005 2:19:40 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As long as liberalism and I exist, neither one of us is safe.)
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Souter guarding his house from seizure?


4 posted on 09/06/2005 2:20:02 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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I understand that Souter finally got Andrew Sullivan to get back together with him today, so they're having some alone time.


5 posted on 09/06/2005 2:20:08 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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Maybe Souter was pissed because his pall bearer spot was given to Roberts.


6 posted on 09/06/2005 2:20:18 PM PDT by uncitizen
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Souter's still pissed because Rehnquist didn't ask him to the prom.


7 posted on 09/06/2005 2:20:43 PM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg. Gosh I miss her!)
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Maybe something suddenly came up. Hopefully something very, very important.

It had better have been their own funerals to show such disrespect.

8 posted on 09/06/2005 2:20:46 PM PDT by madison10
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Mmmm, I guess Kennedy and Souter deserve the benefit of the doubt. Maybe something suddenly came up. Hopefully something very, very important.

They probably had a romantic weekend in the Poconos already paid for.

9 posted on 09/06/2005 2:20:54 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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"Souter guarding his house from seizure?"

LOL.


10 posted on 09/06/2005 2:21:33 PM PDT by frankjr
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I think Kennedy is out of the country but returning and Souter well....he would not even issue a statement.


11 posted on 09/06/2005 2:21:40 PM PDT by FreedomHasACost (I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.)
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beat me by 30 seconds!


12 posted on 09/06/2005 2:21:40 PM PDT by rocksblues (I support the war on terror)
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Souter guarding his house from seizure.

Thank you for the first real laugh of the day.

13 posted on 09/06/2005 2:21:45 PM PDT by OldFriend (MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH ~ A NATIONAL TREASURE)
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was souter out "jogging" ?


14 posted on 09/06/2005 2:22:41 PM PDT by isom35
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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.
15 posted on 09/06/2005 2:22:43 PM PDT by roylene
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Could it be that atheists don't attend prayer services?


16 posted on 09/06/2005 2:22:52 PM PDT by Lunkhead_01
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"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.


17 posted on 09/06/2005 2:23:54 PM PDT by zendari
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"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.


18 posted on 09/06/2005 2:24:24 PM PDT by frankjr
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THEY SKIPPED IT?

Souter skipped it, probably that time of the month.
Justice Kennedy was in China and is on his way home.

19 posted on 09/06/2005 2:24:51 PM PDT by msnimje (CNN - Constant Negative Nonsense)
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Souter was busy having his "beard" manicured.


20 posted on 09/06/2005 2:25:11 PM PDT by Jake The Goose
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