Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist Esq.
September 2005: William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 1, 1924. He married Natalie Cornell, now deceased, and had three children—James, Janet, and Nancy. From 1943–1946 he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He received a B.A., M.A., and LL.B. from Stanford University and an M.A. from Harvard University. He served as a law clerk for Justice Robert H. Jackson of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1951 and 1952 Terms, and practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona from 1953–1969. He served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel from 1969–1971. President Nixon nominated him to the Supreme Court, and he took his seat as an Associate Justice on January 7, 1972. Nominated as Chief Justice by President Reagan, he assumed that office on September 26, 1986, and served until his death on September 3, 2005."www.supremecourtus.gov/BiographyofChiefJusticeRehnquist.pdf
March 2012: "The decisions were part of a renewed interest in federalism associated with Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who died in 2005, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who retired in 2006."http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/us/politics/at-center-of-health-care-fight-roscoe-filburns-1942-commerce-case.html
June 2011: "The young Associate Justice Rehnquist, for whom the young John Roberts clerked, had been perhaps Miranda’s most outspoken opponent on the federal bench, whittling away at the precedent when he could and obviously biding his time until he could bury it entirely."http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/common-sense-and-sensibility/
April 2010: "It has been almost 40 years since a nominee who had not been a judge was appointed to the Supreme Court; the last two were William H. Rehnquist and Lewis F. Powell Jr., both of whom joined the court in 1972."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/01/us/politics/01kagan.html
May 2008: 'Both the United States Supreme Court and the North Carolina Supreme Court have said the lawyer-client privilege survives death, though they recognized that narrow exceptions might be possible. “Clients may be concerned about reputation, civil liability or possible harm to friends of family” if their secrets were disclosed after they died, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist wrote for the majority in a 1998 Supreme Court decision.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/weekinreview/04liptak.html
July 2007: '...Supreme Court, which, in 2003, affirmed Hibbs’s right to recover damages. It was a stunning ruling, both because the court had upheld states’ immunity from federal lawsuits in a string of prior cases and because, in his majority opinion, Chief Justice William Rehnquist underscored the importance of transforming workplace stereotypes. “The fault line between work and family,” he declared, is “precisely where sex-based overgeneralization has been and remains strongest.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/29/magazine/29discrimination-t.html
October 2007: “The office was designed to insulate against any need to be an advocate,” said Mr. Kmiec, now a conservative scholar at Pepperdine University law school. But at times in recent years, Mr. Kmiec said, the office, headed by William H. Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia before they served on the Supreme Court, “lost its ability to say no.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/washington/04interrogate.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Student/Trainee (past or present) Harvard University Organization Sep 27, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) Organization Oct 4, 2007 Student/Trainee (past or present) Stanford University Organization Sep 27, 2005 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) US Army Organization Sep 27, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Organization Sep 29, 2005 Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Senator Barry Goldwater Person Mar 28, 2010 Supervisor of (past or present) Succeeded by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Esq. Person May 14, 2006
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 19, 2012 At Heart of Health Law Clash, a 1942 Case of a Farmer’s Wheat
QUOTE: Mr. Filburn sued to overturn a 1938 federal law that told him how much wheat he could grow on his family farm and made him pay a penalty for every extra bushel. The 1942 decision against him, Wickard v. Filburn, is the basis for the Supreme Court’s modern understanding of the scope of federal power.
New York Times Jun 29, 2011 Common Sense and Sensibility
QUOTE: the Supreme Court ruled that police, when questioning a child suspected of committing a crime, must take the suspect’s age into account and may have to provide Miranda warnings in circumstances that would not require the warnings to be given to an adult suspect. The vote was 5 to 4, and the author of the majority opinion was Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The premise that children are different from adults and may feel coercive pressure when an adult would not, she said, was simply one of “commonsense reality.”
New York Times Apr 30, 2010 Rare Breed Now: A Justice Who Wasn’t a Judge
QUOTE: Ms. Kagan has a glittering résumé. But it lacks the one qualification that every member of the current Supreme Court possesses: past judicial service. The possibility that she will be nominated has ignited a debate over what scholars call “the norm of prior judicial experience.”
New York Times May 03, 2008 When Law Prevents Righting a Wrong (The Nation)
QUOTE: The obligation to keep a client’s secrets is so important, they say, that it survives death and may not be violated even to cure a grave injustice — for example, the imprisonment for 26 years of another man, in Illinois, who was freed just last month.
New York Times Oct 04, 2007 Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations
QUOTE: But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.
New York Times Jul 25, 2007 Family-Leave Values
QUOTE: Until recently, lawsuits claiming workplace discrimination because of family care-giving obligations were rare...And no federal antidiscrimination statute exists that explicitly protects family caregivers in the workplace.
New York Times Jul 01, 2007 Why can't you buy a kidney to save your life? A growing legal movement to recognize a new fundamental right -- 'medical self-defense' -- could bring jarring social changes
QUOTE: There is a growing push in medical, legislative, and legal circles -- both liberal and conservative -- to recognize an expansive new right that some are describing as "medical self-defense." .... A potential landmark case ... could make access to unapproved drugs a full-blown constitutional right.
Boston Globe Jun 09, 2007 Ruling Likely to Spur Convictions in Capital Cases
QUOTE: A decision by the Supreme Court on Monday that made it easier for prosecutors to exclude people who express reservations about the death penalty from capital juries will make the panels whiter and more conviction-prone, experts in law and psychology said this week.
New York Times May 31, 2007 Raging Caging: What the heck is vote caging, and why should we care?
QUOTE: Vote caging is an illegal trick to suppress minority voters (who tend to vote Democrat) by getting them knocked off the voter rolls if they fail to answer registered mail sent to homes they aren't living at (because they are, say, at college or at war).
Slate Mar 10, 2007 Court Rejects Strict Gun Law as Unconstitutional
QUOTE: Interpreting the Second Amendment broadly, a federal appeals court in Washington yesterday struck down a gun control law in the District of Columbia that bars residents from keeping handguns in their homes...The decision was the first from a federal appeals court to hold a gun control law unconstitutional on the ground that the Second Amendment protects the rights of individuals, as opposed to the collective rights of state militias. Nine other federal appeals courts around the nation have rejected that interpretation.
New York Times Oct 08, 2006 In God’s Name: Secular Laws Cede to Religious Exemptions
QUOTE: In recent years, many politicians and commentators have cited what they consider a nationwide “war on religion” that exposes religious organizations to hostility and discrimination. But such organizations — from mainline Presbyterian and Methodist churches to mosques to synagogues to Hindu temples — enjoy an abundance of exemptions from regulations and taxes. And the number is multiplying rapidly.
New York Times Sep 20, 2006 Judges Alter Rules for Sponsored Trips
QUOTE: The federal judiciary moved to defuse congressional concerns over judicial ethics yesterday, announcing that judges may not accept expense-paid trips to privately funded seminars unless the sponsors first disclose their donors.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2006 Supreme Court Memo: Women Suddenly Scarce Among Justices Clerks
QUOTE: With the number of women in clerkships high by historical standards until now, attention has been focused on a lack of ethnic and racial diversity among the clerks. There are no reliable figures, but the clerkship cadre remains overwhelmingly white.
New York Times Aug 15, 2006 Has Bush v. Gore Become the Case That Must Not Be Named?
QUOTE: The Supreme Court’s highly partisan resolution of the 2000 election was a severe blow to American democracy, and to the court’s own standing. The courts could start to undo the damage by deciding that, rather than disappearing down the memory hole, Bush v. Gore will stand for the principle that elections need to be as fair as we can possibly make them.
New York Times Jul 29, 2005 Supreme Court Nominee John G. Roberts: How Many Of His Government Records Can Be Hidden From the Senate?
QUOTE: The Bush White House... initially said that they would refuse to turn over documents, claiming attorney-client privilege. Apparently reminded that as Independent Counsel, Ken Starr pretty much made a nullity of that privilege for government attorneys, the White House later said that some documents would be made available, but not all.
Findlaw Jun 23, 2005 A Supreme Court Conversation
QUOTE: he court might have reined in local governments from bulldozing private property rights by at least demanding some heightened legal inquiry into the government's claim that its action will bring about a public benefit. But Justice John Paul Stevens, writing the majority opinion for the court, would have none of that: While intoning the formula that a pure grab to favor cronies of the state would not be tolerated, he refused to consider even the mildest boost to judicial scrutiny.
Slate Jun 14, 2005 Supreme court hits jury race bias: Rulings Boost ability to challenge jury selection on racial grounds
QUOTE: "The decisions also send a message to trial and appeals-court judges that they must be more attentive to allegations of racial inequality in jury selection and take more aggressive steps to investigate bias allegations."
Christian Science Monitor Jun 06, 2005 High Court Allows Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Users
QUOTE: The Supreme Court today upheld the power of Congress to prohibit and prosecute the possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes, even in the 11 states that permit it.
New York Times Jun 01, 2005 Justices Overturn Andersen Conviction: Advice to Enron Jury On Accountants' Intent Is Faulted
QUOTE: The Supreme Court overturned the 2002 criminal conviction of Enron Corp.'s accounting firm yesterday, nullifying with a single stroke one of the government's biggest victories in the corporate scandals that climaxed the bull market of the 1990s.
Washington Post Mar 21, 2005 Court Tackles Town's Role in Child Safety: 3 Daughters Died When Colorado Police Refused to Arrest Banned Father
QUOTE: Despite her repeated pleas, Gonzales says, the police took no action, telling her that there was nothing they could do, or that she should simply wait....Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in her case, which advocates for victims of domestic violence are calling a crucial opportunity to put teeth into the country's domestic violence laws.
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