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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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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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To: frankjr

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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To: frankjr

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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To: frankjr

Souter guarding his house from seizure?


4 posted on 09/06/2005 2:20:02 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: frankjr

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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To: frankjr

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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To: frankjr

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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To: frankjr
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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To: frankjr
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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To: gopwinsin04

"Souter guarding his house from seizure?"

LOL.


10 posted on 09/06/2005 2:21:33 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: frankjr

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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To: gopwinsin04

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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To: gopwinsin04
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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To: frankjr

was souter out "jogging" ?


14 posted on 09/06/2005 2:22:41 PM PDT by isom35
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To: frankjr
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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To: frankjr

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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To: roylene

"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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To: roylene

"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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To: cmsgop
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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To: frankjr

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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To: roylene

Perhaps. But they all show up for picture time.


21 posted on 09/06/2005 2:25:24 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: cmsgop

Inappropriate behavior seems more commonplace than ever... I'm not that surprised.


22 posted on 09/06/2005 2:25:49 PM PDT by johnny7 (“And now, little man, I give the watch to you.”)
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To: zendari

"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.


23 posted on 09/06/2005 2:26:18 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: roylene
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

They are all together in that big White Building in Washington DC every day while the court is in session.

24 posted on 09/06/2005 2:28:12 PM PDT by msnimje (CNN - Constant Negative Nonsense)
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To: frankjr

lol


25 posted on 09/06/2005 2:28:34 PM PDT by Republican Red (''Van der Sloot" is Dutch for ''Kennedy.")
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To: rocksblues

Great minds think alike.


26 posted on 09/06/2005 2:28:47 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: TXBubba; frankjr
Ok ok .... very cute :)
I should have clarified: out side of chambers. I am sure that there are times when they do gather together outside of the court.
27 posted on 09/06/2005 2:28:54 PM PDT by roylene
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To: msnimje

" 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.


28 posted on 09/06/2005 2:29:44 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: roylene

Well, all nine are present during oral arguments.


29 posted on 09/06/2005 2:30:47 PM PDT by Sometimes A River ("The leaves have broken on Lake Ponktran" - WKAT 1360 AM Miami Newsreader)
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To: wideawake
I understand that Souter finally got Andrew Sullivan to get back together with him today, so they're having some alone time.
Yowza!
30 posted on 09/06/2005 2:30:57 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: frankjr

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.


31 posted on 09/06/2005 2:31:34 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: frankjr

Every justice on the Supreme Court issued a statement praising William Rehnquist, except Souter.

Methinks Souter has a grudge against the Cheif.


32 posted on 09/06/2005 2:32:10 PM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: FreedomHasACost
I think Kennedy is out of the country but returning and Souter well....he would not even issue a statement.

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.

33 posted on 09/06/2005 2:32:17 PM PDT by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised.)
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To: Lunkhead_01

I guess atheist don't believe in multiculturalism.


34 posted on 09/06/2005 2:32:38 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: frankjr

LOL!


35 posted on 09/06/2005 2:33:13 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: frankjr

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.


36 posted on 09/06/2005 2:33:15 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: roylene

Okay. Wasn't trying to be cute. But I know what you are saying. :)


37 posted on 09/06/2005 2:34:21 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: frankjr
I think that is also must be true for the Senate...Kerry is always absent as well.

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.

38 posted on 09/06/2005 2:34:25 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More (Al-Jazeera is to the Iraqi War as CBS was to the Vietnam War.)
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To: Acts 2:38; msnimje

Got it.


39 posted on 09/06/2005 2:34:28 PM PDT by roylene
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To: linkinpunk

"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).


40 posted on 09/06/2005 2:34:54 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: lightman

"...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.


41 posted on 09/06/2005 2:36:18 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: frankjr
Maybe something suddenly came up. Hopefully something very, very important.

Brief, passing flare-up of conscience?

Dan
Biblical Christianity BLOG

42 posted on 09/06/2005 2:36:44 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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...and Souter well....he would not even issue a statement.

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.

43 posted on 09/06/2005 2:37:15 PM PDT by demkicker ((Life has many choices. Eternity has only two. Which one have you chosen?))
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To: ConservativeDude

"gay pro bono thing"

That just sounds dirty!


44 posted on 09/06/2005 2:37:17 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: frankjr
true for the Senate...Kerry is always absent as well.

Ouch...That's gonna leave a mark, better put some ice on it!

Regards,
BtG

45 posted on 09/06/2005 2:37:49 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, but I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

The heaviest load that can be carried by six or eight....


46 posted on 09/06/2005 2:39:12 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: frankjr

(i.e. emptying the trashcans of the other Justices).

;^) Roberts has more class than that!


47 posted on 09/06/2005 2:40:17 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Liberals-beyond your expectations!)
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To: frankjr

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?


48 posted on 09/06/2005 2:40:28 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: frankjr
You are hysterical -- they didn't skip anything.

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.

SOURCE

49 posted on 09/06/2005 2:40:54 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one’s nose.-Heine)
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"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.


50 posted on 09/06/2005 2:41:45 PM PDT by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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