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Stanford to Get Rehnquist Papers
North County Times ^ | Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Posted on 10/23/2008 1:24:59 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Personal letters, speeches and other papers of late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist will be housed at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank on the campus of Stanford University, officials announced Wednesday.

"We are pleased that Chief Justice Rehnquist's papers are coming full circle back to Stanford, where he began his illustrious legal career," John Raisian, director of the Hoover Institution, said in a statement.

Rehnquist, who served as chief justice from 1986 until his death in 2005, graduated first in his Stanford law class in 1952.

"Stanford is where our parents met as college students, and though they spent their last decades in Washington, their hearts were always in the West," the Rehnquist family said in a statement.

The papers donated to the institution's archives include case-related materials, drafts and notes on books Rehnquist wrote and exchanges among the justices, according to the institution.

The institution hopes to make documents related to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion, available to researchers before the holidays, said Michele Horaney, a spokeswoman for the institution.

Rehnquist had opposed the Roe v. Wade decision, saying abortion was not as universally accepted as the case's outcome would have people believe.

Rehnquist, who oversaw the court's conservative shift, was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Nixon and became chief justice under President Reagan.

He presided over President Clinton's impeachment trial, helped decide the 2000 election in favor of George W. Bush and crafted decisions that strengthened the powers of states over the federal government.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: rehnquist; scotus; stanford; supremecourt

1 posted on 10/23/2008 1:24:59 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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RIP Hon. Rehnquist

Stevens and Ginsburg are about to create Supreme Court vacancies? Maybe on January 09, bastards.

2 posted on 10/23/2008 1:55:29 AM PDT by tomymind
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