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Sunday, September 4, 2005

“The Grand Duke’s Revolution”: CBS News legal analyst Andrew Cohen has an essay that begins, “William H. Rehnquist didn’t change his conservative legal principles much during his generation-long tenure on the Supreme Court.”

Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Locking in the court: Bush would like to replace Rehnquist with a like-minded conservative in their 50s who could steer the court to the right for decades.” The St. Petersburg Times provides this news update.

Posted at 10:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Events make Bush’s high court choice difficult”: Joan Biskupic has this news update online at USA Today.

Monday in The Washington Post, Charles Lane’s “Full Court Press” column will carry the headline “A Man of Many Hobbies and Little Fuss.”

The Chicago Tribune on Monday will report that “In wake of Rehnquist death, Congress is divided over delay on Roberts’ hearing.”

Steven Thomma and Stephen Henderson of Knight Ridder Newspapers report that “It’s unusual for a president to have a chance to remake the Supreme Court,” and Henderson has an additional article headlined “A look at the role of the chief justice.”

Monday in The Dallas Morning News, Allen Pusey will have an article headlined “William Rehnquist, ‘profound devotion to duty.’

The September 12, 2005 issue of Time magazine will contain an article headlined “Who Will Be the Next Rehnquist?

Stanford Report provides an article headlined “Stanford community mourns the death of William H. Rehnquist ’48, MA ’48, LLB ’52.”

At the First Amendment Center, Tony Mauro has a report headlined “Rehnquist: guided by the framers.” And Ronald K.L. Collins has an article headlined “Rehnquist & First Amendment: end of an era.”

At c|net News.Com, Declan McCullagh reports that “Key tech decisions marked Rehnquist tenure.”

From overseas, Monday’s edition of The Telegraph (UK) reports that “Judge’s death allows Bush to find radical Right-winger.”

The Times of London contains an obituary headlined “William Rehnquist: Long-serving Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court who stuck firmly to the rule of law and his belief in state autonomy” and an article headlined “Court politics: Rehnquist’s death presents Bush with a political challenge.”

The Guardian (UK) reports that “Bush gets chance to shape US top court; Historic opportunity for president as chief justice William Rehnquist dies, creating second vacancy on supreme court” and contains an obituary headlined “Chief Justice William Rehnquist: Conservative head of the US supreme court who opposed abortion and homosexuality, he presided over Clinton’s impeachment trial.”

And The Independent (UK) reports that “Bush faces second Supreme Court challenge with death of Rehnquist” and contains an obituary headlined “William Rehnquist: Conservative US Chief Justice who presided with moderation over the Supreme Court.

Posted at 8:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“Bush Faces Tricky Choice; President Will Nominate Rehnquist’s Successor at a Time When His Political Capital Has Ebbed”: This news analysis appears online at

Posted at 6:38 PM by Howard Bashman

“Rehnquist’s mixed legacy: Historians will rank him as one of the 20th century’s most important chief justices, but while William Rehnquist’s court transformed constitutional law, he did not.” Mark Tushnet has this essay online at

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Available online at Slate: Dahlia Lithwick has a jurisprudence essay entitled “History’s Justice: What Rehnquist didn’t do.”

Emily Bazelon has a jurisprudence essay entitled “Double Trouble: Now what happens to the court?

Walter Dellinger has an essay entitled “In Memoriam: William H. Rehnquist, the man who devised the natural law of federalism.”

And Richard W. Garnett has a jurisprudence essay entitled “Tennis and Top Buttons: Remembering William H. Rehnquist.”

Posted at 6:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Fifth Circuit courthouse in New Orleans has been examined and has been found to be secure (with guards) and unharmed”: So reports a knowledgeable source.

Posted at 5:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Rehnquist’s legacy: an assertive court.” Jan Crawford Greenburg has this news analysis online at the web site of The Chicago Tribune. That newspaper also offers an update headlined “Rehnquist trimmed court caseload.”

Bloomberg News reports that “Schumer, Cornyn Say Senate May Delay Roberts Hearings.”

The September 12, 2005 issue of Newsweek will contain an article by Evan Thomas and Stuart Taylor Jr. headlined “Hail To The Chief: He helped pull the court to the right in a fractious age; The life, times and legacy of a Supreme presence.”

Time magazine offers a web exclusive headlined “William Rehnquist: 1924-2005; In 33 years on the Supreme Court he helped move the country to the right; But Rehnquist’s main focus was on limiting federal power.”

U.S. News & World Report provides online coverage headlined “Rehnquist death leaves second vacancy.”

Tom Curry of MSNBC has reports headlined “Chief justice shaped high court conservatism; Best known for decisions limiting federal power, upholding school vouchers” and “For Bush, historic choices, a tough environment; Democrats signal they will seek delay in confirmation of Roberts.”

Online at The Christian Science Monitor, Warren Richey has articles headlined “Rehnquist pushed court to the right; But the high court exhibited a stingy reluctance to go as far as chief justice wanted” and “What’s next for filling high court’s vacancies? Bush pledges to name a Rehnquist replacement in ‘timely manner.’

And Financial Times reports on “Options for Bush as US chief justice dies.”

Posted at 3:10 PM by Howard Bashman

U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing for John G. Roberts, Jr. to be postponed one week so as not to overlap with funeral and official ceremonies honoring the memory of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist? I view such a postponement as likely, but only time will tell. The confirmation hearing is currently scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 and run through the balance of the week. A one-week postponement would not prevent Roberts from being confirmed in time to join the Court on the first Monday in October, and such a postponement would allow the White House to consider whether to make Roberts the nominee for Chief Justice. It is doubtful that such a change in the nomination would justify any further delay of the confirmation process.

The text of President Bush’s “Statement on the Death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist” delivered this morning at the White House can be accessed here.

Posted at 12:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Roberts Supreme Court confirmation hearings likely to be dramatic”: This article appears today in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Denver Post reports today that “Women key in Roberts hearings; Court nominee’s views on Title IX and Roe vs. Wade to be scrutinized.”

In The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article headlined “Will Roberts move left? The ideological migration of other justices is instructive.”

And The Barre (Vt.) Times Argus reports that “Leahy studying up on Judge Roberts.”

Meanwhile, in commentary, The New York Times today contains an editorial entitled “Quizzing Judge Roberts.”

And in The Washington Post, columnist George F. Will has an op-ed entitled “Questions for Sen. Schumer.”

Posted at 10:28 AM by Howard Bashman

“Bush Says He’ll Fill Vacancies Promptly”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “President Bush on Sunday called the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist a man of ‘character and dedication’ and said he would work swiftly to fill the two openings at the Supreme Court.”

Posted at 10:25 AM by Howard Bashman

“Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies at 80”: Linda Greenhouse has this article today in The New York Times, along with an obituary headlined “William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of Supreme Court, Is Dead at 80.”

Today in The Washington Post, Charles Lane has a front page article headlined “Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist Dies.”

Online at USA Today, Joan Biskupic has articles headlined “Rehnquist left Supreme Court with conservative legacy” and “Rehnquist often sided with states over federal power.”

In The Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage has an obituary headlined “Chief Justice, 80, Led Court on a Conservative Path.”

Stephen Henderson of Knight Ridder Newspapers has articles headlined “Chief Justice William Rehnquist dies at 80” and “Rehnquist journeyed from firebrand to measured leader,” while James Kuhnhenn reports that “Vacancy raises stakes in Roberts hearing.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contains articles headlined “Rehnquist is dead at 80; Shorewood native became 16th U.S. chief justice“; “A conservative in law and in temperament; Rehnquist had long court tenure“; and “Sporting stripes set Rehnquist apart.”

In The Boston Globe, Charlie Savage has articles headlined “Chief Justice Rehnquist dies; Passing of conservative voice creates 2d Supreme Court vacancy” and “Conservative ‘Lone Ranger’ became court’s mainstream voice.” And an article is headlined “Chief justice known for potent intellect.”

In The Chicago Tribune, Jan Crawford Greenburg reports that “Rehnquist dies; Chief justice helped lead conservative legal movement.”

In The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Michael McGough reports that “Rehnquist’s legal views evolved in 33 years.”

In The Baltimore Sun, Gail Gibson reports that “Rehnquist dies at age 80; Chief Justice helped steer court to the right.”

In The Dallas Morning News, Allen Pusey reports that “Chief Justice Rehnquist dies; In 33-year tenure, conservative prodded high court to the right.”

In The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko reports that “Rehnquist dies; Conservative jurist helped steer high court on path to the right.”

The Houston Chronicle contains articles headlined “Chief Justice Rehnquist dies; The 80-year-old succumbs to cancer at his Virginia home” and “Bush has unique chance to mold high court; Will chief justice choice be low-key or a ‘red-meat’ conservative?

The Washington Times reports that “Rehnquist dies at 80.”

The Denver Post reports that “Death gives Bush chance to alter court.”

The New York Daily News contains articles headlined “Rehnquist, 80, dies of cancer” and “Bush gets to fill 2nd Supreme seat.”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that “Texans discussed as possible nominees.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that “Rehnquist brilliant, warm, former clerks from Utah recall.”

The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle contains an article headlined “Former intern: Rehnquist always put country first.”

Reuters offers articles headlined “Chief Justice Rehnquist dead at 80“; “Rehnquist led conservatives on US Supreme Court“; and “Rehnquist death gives Bush chance to shape court.”

And the Media General News Service offers this obituary.

Posted at 7:40 AM by Howard Bashman

“William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of Supreme Court, Is Dead at 80”: In the late edition of The New York Times today, Linda Greenhouse will have this article.

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“Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies at Home”: David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times will have this obituary in Sunday’s edition of that newspaper.

Posted at 1:30 AM by Howard Bashman

“Chief Justice Roberts?” Law Professor Rick Hasen offers these thoughts at his “Election Law” blog. Because the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, by its own terms, doesn’t become effective until a replacement for her is confirmed, Rick’s scenario should not be dismissed as implausible.

Posted at 1:22 AM by Howard Bashman

“William H. Rehnquist Dies at 80; Led Conservative Revolution on Supreme Court”: Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times has written this lengthy obituary.

Charles Lane of The Washington Post has an obituary headlined “Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist Dies.” The Washington Post also provides this timeline of Chief Justice Rehnquist’s life and this list of key decisions.

Bill Mears of CNN’s Washington Bureau reports that “Conservatism, judicial restraint mark Rehnquist legacy.”

And The Associated Press offers items headlined “Bush Expresses Sadness at Rehnquist Death“; “Rehnquist Was Warm and Jovial Off Bench“; and “Rehnquist Statement by Court Spokeswoman.”

Posted at 12:34 AM by Howard Bashman