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July 04, 2005

What game is Rehnquist playing?

From the Washington Post:

There was no word from the court on Rehnquist's plans. Some court watchers suggested he might stay for another term, health permitting, based on an informal understanding among justices to avoid two retirements in the same term if possible....

David Garrow, a Supreme Court historian and law professor at Emory University, said he believes that Rehnquist intends to stay another full term. Otherwise, he would have made an announcement by now to avoid a vacancy after the new fall term begins....

Rehnquist announced last October he had thyroid cancer, but after treatment he has been working at the court full-time. The chief justice walks under his own power with a cane, but he has difficulty talking and breathing at times.

Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said after visiting Rehnquist recently he didn't believe the chief justice was ready to retire. Specter, who has Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph system, said he could relate to Rehnquist's health problems.

The Liberal media keep calling Rehnquist a conservative. His moderate voting record aside, logic would say that an aged and ailing Conservative Supreme Court Justice would retire while a Conservative would be in office to appoint his replacement. Rehnquist appears to be very reluctant to do that.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 4, 2005 12:25 PM

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