Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Rehnquist Not Retiring?

Virtually everyone, me included, has assumed that Chief Justice Rehnquist would be retiring at the end of this term due to his ongoing health problems and advanced age. But is that true? One court-watching blog is reporting that Rehnquist has just hired his 3 law clerks for the October 2005 session. Might mean something, might not.


  1. #1 spyder
    April 20, 2005

    Maybe just maybe, the Chief Justice is personally so offended by the inflammatory rhetoric of the reckless right, that he is unwilling to open a seat up, until they are no longer such a threat.

  2. #2 raj
    April 21, 2005

    FWIW, there’s a lengthy article lauding Rhenquist–as chief justice–in a recent Atlantic Magazine. I don’t know if the article is on-line. There are two aspects to a chief justice. One is his jurisprudence, more than a bit of which I would probably find objectionable. The second is his ability as the chief administrator of the federal judiciary–and in that, the author (who is no conservative) suggests–he has been excellent.

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