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July 15, 2005

Rehnquist rebuts rumors

From the Associated Press:

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, denying rumors of his retirement, said Thursday he will continue heading the court as long his health permits. "I'm not about to announce my retirement," he said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press.

"I want to put to rest the speculation and unfounded rumors of my imminent retirement," said Rehnquist, 80, and ailing with thyroid cancer. "I am not about to announce my retirement. I will continue to perform my duties as chief justice as long as my health permits."

Rehnquist released the statement hours after being released from an Arlington, Va., hospital after being treated for two days with a fever.

Yeah, I'm trying to figure out what game he's playing, too. At 80, in his condition, he's not fooling anyone. He'll be retiring, either this summer, or if he's stubborn enough, in the middle of the next term. But it'll happen. Maybe he just doesn't like the idea of everyone else telling him what to do. Ironic, given his position and the judicial abuses that he and other judges have committed over the past decade or so.

Coverage: Confirm them, WizBang, Outside the Beltway, Patterico, PoliBlog, ProLifeBlogs, Of the Mind

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 15, 2005 08:54 AM

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