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  • William H Rehnquist: Biography (Kagan does NOT resemble WHR!)

    05/11/2010 6:27:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies · 380+ views
    Answers.com ^ | Sue Davis, et al
    Appointed by President Richard Nixon for his views on criminal justice and his endorsement of a more modest role for the Court, William H. Rehnquist was the most conservative member of the Burger Court; he was also often identified as the justice with the most impressive intellectual ability... After completing his clerkship with [Supreme Court Justice Henry] Jackson, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where for sixteen years he practiced law and participated in a variety of local political activities.(emphasis added)
  • Rhenquist's Portrait

    11/13/2009 9:33:17 AM PST · by bs9021 · 435+ views
    American Journalism Center ^ | November 12, 2009 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    Rehnquist’s Portrait Allie Winegar Duzett, November 12, 2009 William Rehnquist was by all accounts a fascinating man. His work in the judiciary was unparalleled: he served on the Supreme Court as a justice for over three decades, and led the court as Chief Justice for nineteen years. He was a justice voting on the controversial Roe v. Wade case (Rehnquist wrote the dissent), the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton, and for the dispute over 2000 presidential election. As a justice for the Supreme Court, Rehnquist lived his life under public scrutiny—but only a very few got to know the man...
  • Stanford to Get Rehnquist Papers

    10/23/2008 1:24:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 258+ views
    North County Times ^ | Wednesday, October 22, 2008
    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...
  • The Limits of Frederalism - Why you can't be a federalist and ignore medical marijuana.

    09/17/2007 7:17:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 67 replies · 217+ views
    Reason ^ | September 14, 2007 | Radley Balko
    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) recently said that, if elected president, he would end the federal raids on medical marijuana patients and their health care providers. That makes the Democratic field unanimous now — all would end the raids and allow the states to craft their own medical marijuana policy, free from federal interference. By contrast, just two of the remaining GOP candidates — Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) and Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.) — and none of the front-runners have promised to call off the raids. This is unfortunate for a party that once fancied itself the torch-bearer for federalism —...
  • FBI: Former Chief Justice Suffered Hallucinations

    01/06/2007 5:06:54 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies · 930+ views
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 07 JANUARY 2007 | AP
    (AP) -- The FBI's file on former Chief Justice William Rehnquist — made public more than a year after his death — indicates the Nixon and Reagan administrations enlisted its help in blunting criticism of him during confirmation hearings. The file also offers insight into the hallucinations and other symptoms of withdrawal that Rehnquist suffered when he was taken off a prescription painkiller in 1981. A doctor was cited as saying that Rehnquist, an associate justice of the Supreme Court at the time, tried to escape the hospital in his pajamas and imagined that the CIA was plotting against him....
  • FBI Files: Rehnquist Had Hallucinations (AP Barf Alert)

    01/04/2007 11:15:05 AM PST · by SES1066 · 30 replies · 1,412+ views
    AP News ^ | 01/04/2006 | MARK SHERMAN and PETE YOST
    As found on Drudge Report ...WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI's file on former Chief Justice William Rehnquist _ made public more than a year after his death _ indicates the Nixon and Reagan administrations enlisted its help in blunting criticism of him during confirmation hearings. The file also offers insight into the hallucinations and other symptoms of withdrawal that Rehnquist suffered when he was taken off a prescription painkiller in 1981. A doctor was cited as saying that Rehnquist, an associate justice of the Supreme Court at the time, tried to escape the hospital in his pajamas and imagined that...
  • Lawyers, justices honor Rehnquist in D.C.

    06/15/2006 3:38:33 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 3 replies · 179+ views
    The AP via Yahoo! News ^ | June 15, 2006 | Toni Locy
    The late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was praised Thursday by lawyers who practice before the Supreme Court as a man of sharp intellect, quick wit and love of family and friends. Rehnquist, who died last September after a long battle with throat cancer, served nearly 34 years on the court first as an associate justice and then as chief justice. During a special session of the high court, Chief Justice John Roberts, a former Rehnquist law clerk, praised his predecessor not only for his contributions to the law but also for "knowing what was important in life." Speaker after...
  • In the Roberts Court, More Room for Argument

    05/03/2006 6:24:32 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 14 replies · 1,192+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 3, 2006 | LINDA GREENHOUSE
    WASHINGTON, May 2 — This is the week that the Supreme Court, done with its regular argument sessions, enters the stretch run. While it is too soon for substantive appraisals of the first year of the Roberts court, it is not too soon for stylistic observations about what is clearly, in the view of lawyers who have appeared there this term, a different court. "The tone has changed," Prof. Richard J. Lazarus of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he runs the Supreme Court Institute and teaches a course on Supreme Court advocacy, said on Tuesday. In common with every...
  • Flashback - Slate: The Supreme Court Shortlist - The views of the likely candidates. (In retrospec)

    02/19/2006 10:41:28 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 36 replies · 1,017+ views
    Slate Magazine ^ | July 1, 2005 | Emily Bazelon & David Newman
    Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced Friday that she is stepping down from the Supreme Court. In anticipation of resignations—Chief Justice William Rehnquist's had been thought most likely—the Bush administration has floated several names for possible nominees. What views have the president's shortlisters expressed, on and off the bench? In order of our best guess as to the likelihood that they'll be chosen, here's a guide to the prospective nominees' records. 1) Michael J. Luttig, 51 2) John Roberts, 50 3) Emilio Garza, 58 4) Michael McConnell, 50 5) Alberto Gonzales, 49 6) J. Harvie Wilkinson III, 60 7) Edith Brown...
  • Justice Stevens to retire soon?

    02/02/2006 1:49:42 PM PST · by Tarkin · 21 replies · 1,257+ views
    (...) Third party sources are now telling me that the John Paul Stevens rumor is true and that the White House is now planning for a third vacancy, but not until the end of the year [2005]. Third party sources, who I treat as credible, say that Stevens has begun taking actions in his personal life to make arrangements for personal affairs. It is presumed that Stevens is taking steps to retire. A separate third party source tells me that Ginsberg is not expected to retire, as her health is fine. Stevens has reportedly sent signals that he will retire...
  • Chief Justice Roberts Adheres to Precedent on High Court Revelry (Christmas Party)

    12/25/2005 2:00:52 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 3 replies · 648+ views
    Law.com via Yahoo! Finance ^ | December 16, 2005 | Tony Mauro
    There appears to be no war on Christmas at the Supreme Court. President George W. Bush and other federal officials have been criticized in recent weeks for not using the word "Christmas" in greeting cards or in describing parties or other traditional December events. But at the Supreme Court, employees were invited by e-mail to the annual "Christmas Recess Party," set for today. At the party in the Great Hall of the Court, attendees will see a majestic fir that is decorated and unabashedly called a Christmas tree. This is nothing new at the Court, where the late Chief Justice...
  • Civil Liberty and the Civil War: The Indianapolis Treason Trials

    11/13/2001 9:13:48 AM PST · by KDD · 2 replies · 2,394+ views
    University School of Law--Bloomington ^ | Monday, October 28, 1996. | Chief Justice of the United States, William Rehnquist
    To those of you who may be asking yourselves, "Why, on the verge of the twenty-first century, should we look back at events that happened during the Civil War nearly a century and a half ago?" I would offer several replies. In the first place, the political events of the Civil War are of considerable interest in their own right. The cast of characters on the stage at that time--Abraham Lincoln; William H. Seward, Lincoln's rival for the Presidential nomination in 1860 whom Lincoln later appointed Secretary of State; Edwin M. Stanton, a remarkably able Secretary of War, and others--make ...
  • Roberts Adheres to Precedent on High Court Revelry

    12/16/2005 8:20:32 PM PST · by msnimje · 10 replies · 690+ views
    Law.com ^ | 12-16-2005 | Tony Mauro
    There appears to be no war on Christmas at the Supreme Court. President George W. Bush and other federal officials have been criticized in recent weeks for not using the word "Christmas" in greeting cards or in describing parties or other traditional December events. But at the Supreme Court, employees were invited to the annual "Christmas Recess Party," set for today. At the party in the Great Hall of the Court, attendees will see a majestic fir that is decorated and unabashedly called a Christmas tree. This is nothing new at the Court, where the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist...
  • Another Lost Opportunity (New York Times Whines and Cries About Alito Nomination)

    11/01/2005 5:22:43 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 59 replies · 1,530+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 1, 2005 | The Editors
    The nomination of Samuel Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court raises a lot of questions about the judge's attitudes toward federalism, privacy and civil rights. But it has already answered one big question about President Bush. Anyone wondering whether the almost endless setbacks and embarrassments the White House has suffered over the last year would cause Mr. Bush to fix his style of governing should realize that the answer is: no. As a political candidate, Mr. Bush had an extremely useful ability to repeat the same few simple themes over and over. As president, he has been cramped by the...
  • Questions About Miers That Bush Needs to Answer

    10/14/2005 12:38:54 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 162 replies · 1,831+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 10-14-05 | Schlafly, Phyllis
    Questions About Miers that Bush Needs to Answer by Phyllis Schlafly Posted Oct 14, 2005 If John G. Roberts' confirmation hearing is any guide, we won't learn anything from Harriet Miers' confirmation hearing. So here are some questions we would like President Bush to answer. You said, "Trust me." But why should we trust you when experience proves we could not trust the judgment of President Reagan (who gave us Justices O'Connor and Kennedy) or President George H.W. Bush (who gave us Justice Souter)? Are you more trustworthy than Reagan or your father? You said, "She's not going to change.......
  • Miers and Rehnquist: Neither Were Judges Before SCOTUS Nomination!

    10/13/2005 6:53:22 AM PDT · by jveritas · 168 replies · 1,452+ views
    Oct/13/05 | jveritas
    One of the first and most important arguments that the anti-Miers camp tells us that Miers is not qualified because she never served as a judge. Well either the anti-Miers conservatives are hypocrites or they are totally ignorant because the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, one of the most conservative justices ever, was never a judge before he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Nixon. Here is a Link for the biography of late Chief Justice Rehnquist. http://www.michaelariens.com/ConLaw/justices/rehnquist.htm
  • Gonzales vs Raich revisited

    10/06/2005 1:41:59 AM PDT · by qlangley · 238+ views
    QuentinLangley.net ^ | 06 October 2005 | Quentin Langley
    According to First Among Equals, Ken Starr's history of the Supreme Court, one of the key features of the Rehnquist Court (which he claims could as easily be called the O'Connor Court) has been the reassertion of federalism. Certainly, Rehnquist and O'Connor were among the dissenters in the disgraceful Gonzales vs Raich, which eliminated the ability of the states to regulate intra-state commerce in marijuana. This means two of the three dissenters to that appalling ruling will soon be off the Court. Their two replacements both have long experience of serving in the executive branch. We might reasonably expect, therefore,...
  • SUPREME COURT In memoriam of WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST [just to remember he who passed away)

    09/30/2005 1:58:14 AM PDT · by alessandrofiaschi · 6 replies · 327+ views
        WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES 1924 - 2005  
  • YOU AND THE LAW

    09/20/2005 6:27:36 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies · 752+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | September 20, 2005 | Armond Budish
    Shortly after the death of U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, I was asked to give my opinion about what history would consider his most important decision. That's very tough, given his 33-year tenure on the court. Certainly his decision in Bush v. Gore, which stopped the Florida recounts in the 2000 presidential election, was controversial. His 2002 decision in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, which allowed federal tax money to be used to pay for children attending religious schools, also was a pivotal one. But in my opinion, the decision that may have the most lasting and far-reaching impact is the lesser-known...
  • WSJ: Judicial Tourism - What's wrong with the U.S. Supreme Court citing foreign law.

    09/16/2005 5:38:41 AM PDT · by OESY · 16 replies · 752+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 16, 2005 | MARY ANN GLENDON
    References to foreign law in Supreme Court opinions have become controversial.... True, the references have increased somewhat, but they remain rare, and no one suggests that the court has directly based any of its interpretations of the Constitution on foreign authority. As the issue was framed recently in a debate between Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia, it comes down to this: The former says that if a judge abroad has dealt with a similar problem, "Why don't I read what he says if it's similar enough? Maybe I'll learn something." Yet the latter would exclude such material as wholly...
  • Farewell to the Chief

    09/13/2005 4:53:57 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 528+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 26, 2005 | Terry Eastland
    IN THE Federalist, James Madison observed that judges are "shoots from the executive stock." With this phrase, Madison was making a point about where, in a government of separated powers, judges come from; and of course, the answer is the executive, since the Constitution plainly sets forth that it is the president who has the authority to select judges.True, the Senate must approve a president's nominees, or else none can have life tenure. But the constitutional structure is such that no one can become a judge unless the president chooses the person. Judges are shoots from the executive stock only,...
  • Rehnquist's 'Lone Ranger' record leaves Bush something to shoot for

    09/12/2005 11:17:06 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 11 replies · 509+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/12/05 | Phyllis Schlafly
    William Rehnquist was the most unlikely of appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court. He had no experience as a judge, and his boss, former President Richard Nixon, would embarrassingly refer to him as "Renchburg." But after serving more than 33 years on the Supreme Court, the last 19 as chief justice, Rehnquist proved to be among the greatest justices ever. He set the judicial standard at a very high level. Rehnquist took his seat on the Supreme Court on Jan. 7, 1972. A mere two months later, he brazenly disagreed with all the other justices and issued his first lone...
  • Stand Up to Them, Mr. President: Nominate Another Scalia

    09/10/2005 9:27:57 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 28 replies · 751+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 00-09-05 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Stand Up to Them, Mr. President: Nominate Another Scalia by Patrick J. Buchanan Posted Sep 9, 2005 We are about to find out what George W. Bush is made of. For he is approaching the greatest crisis of his presidency. Nine days after 9-11, Bush gave the most powerful speech of his career and rallied a nation. Today, he sits atop a government whose agencies -- FEMA and Homeland Security -- are synonyms for bumbling in the worst disaster in American history. Democrats sense Bush may be assaulted with impunity. He can't or won't fight back. Thus, Hillary hits four...
  • Wireless World: Rehnquist's legacy

    09/09/2005 1:19:45 PM PDT · by kerrywearsbotox · 2 replies · 353+ views
    Washington Times ^ | September 9, 2005 | Gene Koprowski
    Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who died last Saturday at age 80, may be known to the public as a conservative intellectual, but his rulings influenced much more than just the political landscape of the United States. They helped to reshape the technology world as well, and may have even contributed to the dot-com bubble of the 1990s, experts told UPI's Wireless World. By Gene Koprowski
  • Semi-News: Dean Denounces Timing of Rehnquist's Death

    09/09/2005 11:50:02 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 61 replies · 2,242+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | August 9, 2005 | John Semmens
    Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean complained that the timing of Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s death was “highly suspicious.” “Last year, Reagan conveniently died just in time to take attention away from Bush’s failed Iraq War and boost Bush’s chances for reelection,” said Dean. “Now, in the midst of Bush’s failure to prevent the extermination of downtrodden, minority New Orleans’ hurricane victims, Justice Rehnquist conveniently dies. Am I the only one who sees a pattern here?” Dean charged that presidential advisor Karl Rove was masterminding these strategically timed deaths of conservative icons. “Not only do these deaths distract...
  • NYT: Senate Democrats Are Shifting Focus From Roberts to Other Seat

    09/09/2005 6:16:08 AM PDT · by OESY · 22 replies · 817+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 9, 2005 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    Senate Democrats say the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has eased the pressure on them to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. but has set the stage for a more contentious battle over the other vacancy on the court. "When you are thinking about the balance of the court, you say, 'O.K., Judge Roberts is replacing Justice Rehnquist,' " said Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut. " 'Consider him on his merits, but it doesn't alter the balance of the court.' " Democratic senators and strategists say they are weighing whether to...
  • The best of Chief Justice Rehnquist

    09/08/2005 10:14:10 PM PDT · by Tarkin · 3 replies · 331+ views
    ROE v. WADE, 410 U.S. 113, 171 MR. JUSTICE REHNQUIST, dissenting. The Court's opinion brings to the decision of this troubling question both extensive historical fact and a wealth of legal scholarship. While the opinion thus commands my respect, I find myself nonetheless in fundamental disagreement with those parts of it that invalidate the Texas statute in question, and therefore dissent. (...) I have difficulty in concluding, as the Court does, that the right of "privacy" is involved in this case. Texas, by the statute here challenged, bars the performance of a medical abortion by a licensed physician on a...
  • Rehnquist remembered for his humor, humility

    09/08/2005 9:28:34 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 369+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9 September 2005 | Stephanie Mansfield
    President Bush was among the crowd of friends and family who gathered yesterday at St. Matthew's Cathedral in the District to pay tribute to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. By all accounts, the man who had served on the Supreme Court for more than 33 years was a character. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, drew laughter at the funeral when he recalled that in January 2001, Chief Justice Rehnquist was scheduled to speak at a Mass. "He said he was going to speak on the disputed presidential election." Cardinal McCarrick said he privately worried that it...
  • Rehnquist: He kept the court together

    09/08/2005 9:36:08 AM PDT · by manny613 · 2 replies · 230+ views
    Death distorts perception. We all know that. It invites exaggeration. In its immediate presence, time has not yet worked its slow miracle: proportion. Balance is lost, judgments made under the pressures of grief, the long view obscured.
  • Preparing for World War III (Replacing Rehquist First)

    09/08/2005 1:27:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 32 replies · 1,204+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 8, 2005 | John Hinderaker
    Replacing Rehnquist before O'Connor makes matters tougher on the Bush administration and guarantees a showdown with liberal interest groups.A FEW MONTHS AGO, most observers expected Chief Justice William Rehnquist's failing health to trigger President Bush's first Supreme Court nomination. But Rehnquist hung on, to the surprise of many, and it was Sandra Day O'Connor whose resignation brought about the first vacancy on the Court since 1994. If that seems like a long time, it is: never before in American history have so many years elapsed between vacancies on the Supreme Court. President Bush nominated Judge John Roberts to replace O'Connor,...
  • Chief Justice Rehnquist

    09/07/2005 9:15:21 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies · 274+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 7, 2005 | Editorial
    From the lonely dissenter's vantage point in the 7-2 Roe vs. Wade juggernaut 32 years ago, William Rehnquist saw a future where such decisions, reviled even by many on the left for their lack of foundation in constitutional law, would no longer emanate from the Supreme Court chambers. He was even a conservative revolutionary, say some of the pundits who used his death Saturday as a vehicle to chronicle his long career on the bench. In truth, there was no revolution. Where Chief Justice Rehnquist won, he prevailed in increments. On the larger issues that were important to him, including...
  • What a concept: Prayer in a public place

    09/07/2005 6:37:01 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 19 replies · 553+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 9 7 2005 | Dick Bachert
    What a concept: Prayer in a public place As William Rehnquist's casket was placed in the rotunda of the Supreme Court, I asked myself: "What's wrong with this picture?" Then it hit me: A minister was actually praying, calling Rehnquist a "child of God," right there in the entrance hall of the Supreme Court! It is a fact that the Ten Commandments are posted above the bench in the chamber where these nine folks preside. And each session begins with the words " . . . and God save this honorable court." If an American child were to attempt that...
  • Rehnquist: He delivered the goods

    09/07/2005 12:58:40 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 5 replies · 241+ views
    North Jersey Media Group ^ | September 7, 2005 | PAUL ROSENZWEIG
    "William Rehnquist is the judicial godfather of the Bush administration and today's Republican right."- Bruce Shapiro, The Nation IF RICHARD NIXON, who appointed William Rehnquist to the Supreme Court, or Ronald Reagan, who elevated him to chief justice, were alive today, they'd have to congratulate themselves on a job well done. David Souter and Anthony Kennedy have listed leftward - dramatically so at times. Sandra Day O'Connor, for whom the right had even higher hopes when she joined the court 24 years ago, was all over the board ideologically. Earl Warren, Harry Blackmun, William Brennan and John Paul Stevens also...
  • Lutheran's funeral in Catholic cathedral unusual, but permitted [Rehnquist]

    09/07/2005 9:01:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies · 593+ views
    CatholicNewsService.com ^ | 09-06-05 | Patricia Zapor
    REHNQUIST-CATHEDRAL Sep-6-2005 (570 words) xxxn Lutheran's funeral in Catholic cathedral unusual, but permitted By Patricia ZaporCatholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The announcement that the funeral of Chief Justice William Rehnquist would be held at Washington's St. Matthew Cathedral raised questions about the ecumenical provisions allowing a Lutheran funeral in a Catholic church. After his Sept. 3 death, the funeral for Rehnquist, a Lutheran, was scheduled for the Catholic cathedral of the Archdiocese of Washington. The Sept. 7 funeral was to be a Lutheran service, which is permitted in a Catholic church with the approval of the local bishop, said...
  • Gentleman of the Court (Laurence Tribe's Rehnquist Eulogy)

    09/06/2005 9:54:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 562+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 6, 2005 | LAURENCE H. TRIBE
    IN October 1971, the White House tapped Assistant Attorney General William H. Rehnquist to respond to my critique of someone at the top of its short list for one of the two vacancies created by the nearly simultaneous resignations of two justices. I found his tepid apologia underwhelming. Yet within two months, when Mr. Rehnquist took the Supreme Court seat once marked for the target of my critique, I began to see how foolish it would have been to measure him by his defense of a candidate about whom he probably felt lukewarm. While it may be too soon to...
  • Statement from President George W. Bush on the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist

    09/06/2005 7:54:41 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 1 replies · 215+ views
    ACU Pressroom <acu@conservative.org> | President George W. Bush
    Statement from President George W. Bush on the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist The Roosevelt Room 10:01 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Our nation is saddened today by the news that Chief Justice William Rehnquist passed away last night. Laura and I send our respect and deepest sympathy to this good man's children, Jim, Janet, and Nancy. We send our respect to all the members of the Rehnquist family. William H. Rehnquist was born and raised in Wisconsin. He was the grandson of Swedish immigrants. Like so many of his generation, he served in the Army during World War II....
  • Alan Dershowitz: Telling the Truth About Chief Justice Rehnquist (BARF ALERT!)

    09/06/2005 5:24:35 AM PDT · by Undertow · 72 replies · 2,173+ views
    Huffington Post ^ | 9/5/05 | Alan Dershowitz
    My mother always told me that when a person dies, one should not say anything bad about him. My mother was wrong. History requires truth, not puffery or silence, especially about powerful governmental figures. And obituaries are a first draft of history. So here’s the truth about Chief Justice Rehnquist you won’t hear on Fox News or from politicians. Chief Justice William Rehnquist set back liberty, equality, and human rights perhaps more than any American judge of this generation. His rise to power speaks volumes about the current state of American values. Let’s begin at the beginning. Rehnquist bragged about...
  • Rehnquist's body lies in court building; Roberts helps carry casket

    09/06/2005 5:23:01 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies · 368+ views
    StarTribune ^ | September 6, 2005 | Pete Yost, Associated Press
    Teary-eyed Supreme Court justices and a long line of other Americans paid their last respects to William H. Rehnquist on Tuesday at the court where he served for 33 years. Among the pallbearers was his former clerk, John Roberts, the man chosen to succeed the nation's 16th chief justice. Roberts and seven other pallbearers bore the flag-draped casket up some 40 steps of the high court to the Great Hall, where marble busts of all the former chief justices line the wall. Several of the justices wept as they stood around Rehnquist's casket, including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Rehnquist died...
  • Kristol: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory? (Will Bush nominate a conservative?)

    09/06/2005 4:14:43 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 87 replies · 2,198+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 6, 2005 | William Kristol
    WITH JOHN ROBERTS sailing toward confirmation last week, President Bush had the O'Connor seat "won." The Court was set to move one click to the right (so to speak). Then Chief Justice William Rehnquist died. The president chose to move Roberts over to fill the Rehnquist slot--thereby re-opening the vacancy created by Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement.One understands the attraction of Roberts as chief. But with this action, in one fell swoop, the president deprived himself and his supporters of the easiest argument for his next nominee: that surely a reelected conservative president is entitled to replace a conservative justice--Rehnquist--with another...
  • Repose for Chief Justice William Rehnquist

    09/06/2005 7:17:30 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 40 replies · 1,801+ views
    CSPAN and cable news ^ | Sept 6, 2005
  • Rehnquist (Protestant) Funeral to Be in Catholic Church (location & size of Cathedral a factor)

    09/06/2005 3:15:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 120 replies · 1,874+ views
    Newsday, via drudge ^ | 09.06.05 | RICHARD N. OSTLING
    <p>Wednesday's funeral for Chief Justice William Rehnquist, a Protestant, will be in Washington's Roman Catholic cathedral -- an unusual but not forbidden occurrence under church rules.</p> <p>The Catholic directory on interfaith matters says churches are "generally reserved for Catholic worship" but local bishops may permit worship by other Christians who lack a place "for celebrating worthily their religious ceremonies."</p>
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos) - 9.6.05

    09/06/2005 2:31:58 PM PDT · by ohioWfan · 304 replies · 3,535+ views
    Whitehouse.gov, Yahoo.com | 9.6.05 | ohioWfan
    President Bush had a very busy day today, meeting with Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings and First Lady Laura Bush, to discuss the educational needs of children displaced by Hurricane Katrina and how states might be able to absorb the cost of the large numbers of new students. He also met with the Cabinet to discuss the recovery efforts following the hurricane, and reuniting family members with each other, healthcare provision and finances.At noon, the President met with representatives from national voluntary organizations to discuss how best to help the Americans who are evacuees from the hurricane. He pledged a...
  • Rehnquist's Coffin Carried to Supreme Court (Justices Souter, Kennedy skip ceremony)

    09/06/2005 2:18:38 PM PDT · by frankjr · 79 replies · 2,743+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/6/05 | Daniela Deane and Tom Jackman
    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...
  • Roberts, Rehnquist: mirror images

    09/06/2005 10:52:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 587+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/6/5 | Bob Egelko
    John Roberts is in line to become not only Chief Justice William Rehnquist's successor but also the standard-bearer for Rehnquist's judicial doctrines. One of the recurrent themes of Rehnquist's career, as a lawyer in the Justice Department and in his 33 years on the Supreme Court, was deference to executive authority -- that judges shouldn't second-guess the president, particularly in security-related matters. Roberts has consistently taken the same position, as a government lawyer for two Republican administrations and in perhaps the most important ruling of his two-plus years as a judge. That ruling, written by another judge on the U.S....
  • REHNQUIST'S FUNERAL BEGINS

    09/06/2005 8:13:48 AM PDT · by alessandrofiaschi · 63 replies · 1,920+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 6, 2005 | Richard W. Stevenson
    Chief Justice Rehnquist's pallbearers included Judge John G. Roberts, who had been nominated by President Bush to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Judge Roberts, who was once a law clerk for Chief Justice Rehnquist, has now been selected by the president to succeed Mr. Rehnquist as chief justice of the United States. Confirmation hearings for Judge Roberts will likely begin next week.
  • William Rehnquist: Staunch Defender of the Bedrock Values of Our Nation (by John O'Neill)

    09/06/2005 6:49:31 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 8 replies · 554+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | September 6, 2005 | John O'Neill
    The author of Unfit for Command was a law clerk for the late Chief Justice and remembers him fondly.The busts of the Chief Justices of the United States stand facing each other two-by-two across the Great Hall of the Supreme Court Building. Hughes and Taft, Vinson and Warren the fifteen statues march slowly to the courtroom doors, marking silently the progression of our nation's history. There is an empty niche immediately outside the doors of the Great Courtroom. Soon that niche will be filled with a marble depiction of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist—the last World War II veteran to...
  • WSJ: William Rehnquist - Will our 'New Federalism' survive the Chief's death?

    09/06/2005 6:04:02 AM PDT · by OESY · 5 replies · 572+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2005 | RANDY E. BARNETT
    ...[I]t was William Rehnquist who was most personally responsible for what is now called "the New Federalism" -- the revival of the ideas that judiciary should protect the role of the states within the federal system and enforce the textual limits on the powers of Congress. Establishing the New Federalism took enormous effort and leadership by Rehnquist over many years. Now that legacy is in jeopardy. At the founding, and for some 150 years thereafter, the limits on congressional power provided by the Constitution... as modified by the Fourteenth Amendment-- were enforced by the Supreme Court. According to the textual...
  • WSJ: The Rehnquist-Roberts Court - A confirmation fight would be good for Bush.

    09/06/2005 5:51:19 AM PDT · by OESY · 8 replies · 1,064+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2005 | Editorial
    ...Elevating Judge Roberts to Chief was a logical decision, both politically and on the merits. The Senate and media have been investigating the nominee since July, and have found superlatives with nary a negative. The Judge is in a position to be rapidly confirmed.... More importantly, what we have learned about Judge Roberts suggests that he shares Chief Justice Rehnquist's judicial philosophy. If Mr. Bush now follows with the nomination of an equally distinguished conservative for the Court's second opening, the Roberts Court will be able to continue the legal restoration that the late Chief Rehnquist began.... That historic mission...
  • Chief justice favored Roberts

    09/05/2005 10:54:30 PM PDT · by Kay · 45 replies · 953+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | September 6, 2005 | By Guy Taylor
    Judge John G. Roberts Jr. was long regarded as the best Supreme Court lawyer in the nation by the very man whose shoes President Bush has chosen him to fill. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who died Saturday, played a key role in shaping Judge Roberts by making him a pupil during the early 1980s and propelling his career as a lawyer and federal judge in subsequent years. Ted Cruz, who clerked for Chief Justice Rehnquist during the mid-1990s, recalled that he and fellow clerks once asked their boss whom he considered to be the most superior Supreme Court litigator....
  • Noble Justice

    09/05/2005 4:46:07 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 1 replies · 127+ views
    National Review Online ^ | September 04, 2005 | Congressman Trent Franks
    The era of the Rehnquist Court has come to a close and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has stepped quietly into the arms of God. As twilight falls upon this remarkable man's career, the most notable elements of his extraordinary legacy must not be lost to revisionist history. At the age of 47, Chief Justice Rehnquist was first appointed to the Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon in 1971. Justice Rehnquist then found himself on a Court that had been dangerously altered during the Roosevelt Era by New Deal philosophy. This was a Court that had actually ruled in Wickard...