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Old Sep 03, 2005, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default Chief Justice William Rehnquist dead at 80

Just popped on the news not 30 minutes ago, but I guess it wasn't far off, based on all the recent reports about his health. Rest in peace.

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CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM REHNQUIST DIES
Ailing justice served on Supreme Court for 33 years. He was was 80.

BREAKING NEWS
The Associated Press
Updated: 11:28 p.m. ET Sept. 3, 2005


WASHINGTON - Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening at his home in suburban Virginia, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg.

A statement from the spokeswoman said he was surrounded by his three children when he died in Arlington.

“The Chief Justice battled thyroid cancer since being diagnosed last October and continued to perform his dues on the court until a precipitous decline in his health the last couple of days,” she said.

Rehnquist was appointed to the Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1971 by President Nixon and took his seat on Jan. 7, 1982. He was elevated to chief justice by President Reagan in 1986.

His death ends a remarkable 33-year Supreme Court career during which Rehnquist oversaw the court’s conservative shift, presided over an impeachment trial and helped decide a presidential election.

The death President Bush his second court opening within pour months and sets up what’s expected to be an even more bruising Senate confirmation battle than that of John Roberts.

Rehnquist, 80 and ill with cancer, presided over President Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999, helped settle the 2000 presidential election in Bush’s favor, and fashioned decisions over the years that diluted the powers of the federal government while strengthening those of the states.

The chief justice passed up a chance to step down over the summer, which would have given the Senate a chance to confirm his successor while the court was out of session, and instead Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced her retirement to spend time with her ill husband. Bush chose Roberts, a former Rehnquist clerk and friend, to replace O’Connor.

Rehnquist said in July that he wanted to stay on the bench as long as his health would allow.

The president could elevate to chief justice one of the court’s conservatives, such as Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas, but it’s more likely he will choose someone from outside the court.

Possible replacements include Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and federal courts of appeals judges J. Michael Luttig, Edith Clement, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Michael McConnell, Emilio Garza, and James Harvie Wilkinson III. Others mentioned are former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, lawyer Miguel Estrada and former deputy attorney general Larry Thompson.

Rehnquist announced last October that he had thyroid cancer. He had a trachea tube inserted to help him breathe and underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Details of the chief justice’s illness and his plans had been tightly guarded. He looked frail at Bush’s inauguration in January and missed five months of court sessions before returning to the bench in March.

On the court’s final meeting day of the last term, June 27, Rehnquist appeared gaunt and had difficulty as he announced the last decision of the term — an opinion he wrote upholding a Ten Commandments display in Texas. His breathing was labored, and he kept the explanation short.

He had no public appearances over the summer, although he was filmed by television crews in July as he left the hospital following two nights for treatment of a fever.

© 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Old Sep 03, 2005, 10:09 PM   #2
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I just read this news, too. It sounds like his battle with cancer was a difficult struggle, and I'm glad it's over for him.
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Old Sep 03, 2005, 11:48 PM   #3
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RIP, Justice Rehnquist.

His death is not only a sad event, but also a downright terrifying one...we'll now have not one but TWO Bush appointees in the Supreme Court, and I just can't wait to see what they're going to do for gay rights and women's rights, etc., etc.
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Old Sep 04, 2005, 04:50 AM   #4
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RIP, Justice Rehnquist.

His death is not only a sad event, but also a downright terrifying one...we'll now have not one but TWO Bush appointees in the Supreme Court, and I just can't wait to see what they're going to do for gay rights and women's rights, etc., etc.
My sentiments exactly, Jen...

I'm very sorry that Justice Rehnquist is dead, first because he was ill for so long and suffering like that, but also because of the long-term implications and effects.

Let's see...goodbye Roe v. Wade, goodbye legal birth control, goodbye AIDS research, goodbye anti-discrimination laws, goodbye..........

Why don't we just go back to the middle ages and keep women barefoot, pregnant and ignorant. I'm petrified. (Why am I suddenly picturing a world just like the one in Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale?" )
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Old Sep 04, 2005, 05:44 AM   #5
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I think Bush is doing a wonderful job. I will say no more.

RIP, Judge Rehnquist. You'll be missed.
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Old Sep 04, 2005, 07:40 AM   #6
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(Why am I suddenly picturing a world just like the one in Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale?" )
Because if the "Religious" Right had their way, that would be the way the world looked.
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Because if the "Religious" Right had their way, that would be the way the world looked.
Blecch--I'd sooner take a red-hot skewer to my eyeballs than to live like that, seriously. Women are treated second-class enough as it is (we still don't have an Equal Rights Amendment). WHY go backwards in this day and age???

The thing with this situation now is that the court's next session begins in October. Congress is going to have to rush through with not one but TWO confirmations in less than a month--things could get VERY interesting this fall.
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Blecch--I'd sooner take a red-hot skewer to my eyeballs than to live like that, seriously. Women are treated second-class enough as it is (we still don't have an Equal Rights Amendment). WHY go backwards in this day and age???

The thing with this situation now is that the court's next session begins in October. Congress is going to have to rush through with not one but TWO confirmations in less than a month--things could get VERY interesting this fall.
You said it...and just like the woman in "The Handmaid's Tale," I'd be looking for a way out of here as quickly as possible if there was even an inkling of such a thing happening here. Which I sure as hell hope will never happen.

I'm very frightened that the court will go backwards -- because the implications of this could stretch on a lot longer than the Bush administration is around. Rehnquist was appointed by NIXON, for God's sake...and he was making legislative decisions for over 30 years. The far-reaching effects of this could be perilous for women, minorities, gays, or anyone who is not "mainstream."

And, no offense, Jaye, but when I was 14 I thought I knew everything too...and with the wisdom of 30 more years since then, I know now that I did not and still don't.
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Can we please keep this to thoughts of the Chief Justice and not turn this thread into a political diatribe? I've had about enough of that for one weekend, thanks.

I hope he will rest in peace.
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I respect Rehnquist, if only because he held onto his position for as long as he could. Other people would tell him to retire, and he was all, "Pfft. No." So, you gotta respect that kind of thing.
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unfortunately this justices' death turns things political Rell.
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I think Bush is doing a wonderful job. I will say no more.

RIP, Judge Rehnquist. You'll be missed.
A wonderful job of what? Killing people and making the rich richer? Playing the guitar while people drown and starve?

The only reason I'll miss Rehnquist is that his being alive meant that Shrub could only elevate one crazy thinker to the Supreme Court.
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A wonderful job of what? Killing people and making the rich richer? Playing the guitar while people drown and starve?

The only reason I'll miss Rehnquist is that his being alive meant that Shrub could only elevate one crazy thinker to the Supreme Court.
You said it, Sister!

Unfortunately, Rell, this actually IS a political issue, and one that will have repercussions for years, possibly decades to come...
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I'm not saying it's not a political matter, I'm not stupid. But can we please leave the fights for another time and just respect the memory of this man for now? This is not just a casual suggestion.
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I'm not saying it's not a political matter, I'm not stupid. But can we please leave the fights for another time and just respect the memory of this man for now? This is not just a casual suggestion.
Yes, yes, understood...though I don't think anyone's "fighting," just stating how scary the situation is to some...no one's disrespecting Justice Rehnquist's memory IMO.
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