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RBA
09-03-2005, 11:12 PM
Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies at Home (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2005/09/03/national/w200927D36.DTL)
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Saturday, September 3, 2005





(09-03) 20:17 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) --

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.


URL: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2005/09/03/national/w200927D36.DTL

Reds4Life
09-03-2005, 11:20 PM
Oh man!

RIP, Mr. Chief Justice.

:(

jmcclain19
09-03-2005, 11:20 PM
RIP Mr. Chief Justice

pedro
09-03-2005, 11:23 PM
You have to admire a guy who kept working to the bitter end.

here's his wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rehnquist

jmcclain19
09-03-2005, 11:24 PM
I'd like to thank CNN for waiting at least two or three minutes before begininig the political speculation about who would succeed Justice Rehnquist.

:rolleyes:

RBA
09-03-2005, 11:30 PM
I'd like to thank CNN for waiting at least two or three minutes before begininig the political speculation about who would succeed Justice Rehnquist.

:rolleyes:

Fox is doing the same thing. But hey, they are the good guys.

RedsBaron
09-03-2005, 11:35 PM
R.i.p.

jmcclain19
09-03-2005, 11:36 PM
Fox is doing the same thing. But hey, they are the good guys.

If I was watching Fox and they did the same thing, I'd be complaining too.

Let the seat at least be cold please before we starting worrying about who will fill it.

KronoRed
09-03-2005, 11:38 PM
Sad news..RIP

LoganBuck
09-04-2005, 12:08 AM
RBA, CNN was first among the cable news channels to report it. They were talking about potential replacements before Fox broke the news. I was watching to see how long it would take for news like that to filter through the networks. I don't think it was a bad thing because that was my first question. It is not like this was unexpected.

RIP William Rehnquist

George Foster
09-04-2005, 12:20 AM
You have to admire a guy who kept working to the bitter end.

here's his wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rehnquist

This is what I admired about him the most.

He was a wonderful Chief Justice. He was consistent, and thought that the legislature should create law and that the judicial branch should just interpret the law weather they personally like the law or not. He was the only "class act" during the Clinton Impeachment proceedings. History will show he was one of the greats. Those gold stripes on his robe were cool.

KYRedsFan
09-04-2005, 12:29 AM
Bush should have cured cancer. Bastard

paintmered
09-04-2005, 12:33 AM
Bush should have cured cancer. Bastard

I know this was sarcasm, but let's try to keep the slings and arrows to ourselves for a few hours. In fact, your comment was inappropriate to the point where it's going to cost you 24 hours.


RIP Mr. Chief Justice. You served your country proudly for many years.

Caveat Emperor
09-04-2005, 02:08 AM
While I am always saddened to a see a great statesman and jursit pass away, somehow I think it's an interesting commentary that a very wealthy old white guy dying at the ripe old age of 80 in his bed bumps coverage of real suffering and dying from the front pages...I dunno, maybe I'm a cynic that way.

I expect to see another very young (early 40s) candidate nominated for Rehnquist's vacancy. The neo-conservatives have their eyes on dismantling the federal commerce clause, and packing the court with people who are going to long outlive the administration that picked them is a pretty good way to start going about that.

dman
09-04-2005, 04:31 AM
I know this was sarcasm, but let's try to keep the slings and arrows to ourselves for a few hours. In fact, your comment was inappropriate to the point where it's going to cost you 24 hours.


RIP Mr. Chief Justice. You served your country proudly for many years.

All the more reason why seeing the political threads go away from this board will no doubt, be a good thing. :thumbup:


RIP Chief Justice. :(

Steve4192
09-04-2005, 09:05 AM
While I am always saddened to a see a great statesman and jursit pass away, somehow I think it's an interesting commentary that a very wealthy old white guy dying at the ripe old age of 80 in his bed bumps coverage of real suffering and dying from the front pages...I dunno, maybe I'm a cynic that way.
Rehnquist was hardly just another 'wealthy old white guy'. When the leader of the highest court in the land passes away it is big news. The color of his skin or the size of his bank account are immaterial. Would you rather the networks cover nothing but Katrina until New Orleans is completely rebuilt?

Yachtzee
09-04-2005, 09:37 PM
RIP, Mr. Chief Justice.

Rojo
09-05-2005, 05:15 AM
Would you rather the networks cover nothing but Katrina until New Orleans is completely rebuilt?

I guess its my job to point out disingenous arguments. Nobody suggested that Katrina should be covered until New Orleans is rebuilt. That's a canard. But people are dying as we speak, so, yes it deserves our complete attention.

I was going to stay out of this because I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but there are so many stories coming out now about good and brave people whon passed the ultimate test of humanity -- the test we all wonder about ourselves in times of quiet reflection. People who, if Rhenquist had his way, would be relegated to second-class status. So forgive me if I don't shed a tear for some dead racist lawyer.

GAC
09-05-2005, 06:50 AM
I was going to stay out of this because I don't like to speak ill of the dead

Yet obviously you do...


So forgive me if I don't shed a tear for some dead racist lawyer.

Steve4192
09-05-2005, 08:49 AM
Nobody suggested that Katrina should be covered until New Orleans is rebuilt.
So do you think the death of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is NOT newsworthy? I am not asking you to shed a tear for the guy. My only point was that his death IS important news and merited a quick mention on the 24/7 Katrina News Networks. It's not like they suddenly stopped covering Katrina because because Rehnquist kicked the bucket.

Rojo
09-05-2005, 02:46 PM
So do you think the death of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is NOT newsworthy? I am not asking you to shed a tear for the guy. My only point was that his death IS important news and merited a quick mention on the 24/7 Katrina News Networks. It's not like they suddenly stopped covering Katrina because because Rehnquist kicked the bucket.

Fair enough.

BUTLER REDSFAN
09-05-2005, 11:45 PM
had the misfortune of reading alan dershowitz blog on huffingtonpost.com last night--alan being his usual self by absolutely lambasting rehnquist b4 his body even gets cold