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Rehnquist defended judicial independence in year-end report
January 1, 2013
On January 1, 2005, former Chief Justice William Rehnquist issued a year-end report in which he defended the federal judiciary from political critiques. Chief Justice Rehnquist emphasized judicial independence as a means to "to administer the law fairly, without regard to public reaction," and expre....... [more]

Bush nominated Roberts for Chief Justice
September 5, 2011
On September 5, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court following the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Roberts served as a clerk for Rehnquist when he was an Associate Justice on the Court and had originally been nominated to replace As....... [more]

ECHR ruled Russia violated Scientologists' religious freedom
October 1, 2010
On October 1, 2009, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia interfered with the freedom of religion by refusing to register two Scientology groups as "religious organizations." Russian authorities had rejected attempts by Scientology branches in Surgut and Nizhnekamsk to register....... [more]

John Roberts nominated as Supreme Court Chief Justice
September 5, 2010
On September 5, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, succeeding the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Roberts served as a clerk for Rehnquist and was originally nominated to replace associate justice Sandra Day O'Connor before Rehnquist....... [more]

Justice Samuel Chase impeached
November 30, 2009
On November 30, 1804, US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial in the Senate for "arbitrary and oppressive conduct of trials." He was acquitted in March, 1805. Read a C-SPAN interview with Chief Justice William Rehnquist on his 1992 book Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments of Justic....... [more]

Chief Justice Rehnquist born
October 1, 2009
On October 1, 1924, William Rehnquist, late Chief Justice of the United States, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Listen to remarks by President Ronald Reagan at the swearing-in ceremony for Chief Justice Rehnquist (joined by new Associate Justice Antonin Scalia) in 1986 (via the History Channel). ....... [more]

O'Connor decided to leave high court after Rehnquist said he was staying: interview
February 4, 2007
Former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor made her decision to step down in July 2005 after consulting with then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist, according to a Newsweek interview released Sunday. O'Connor told the magazine, talked a little bit. I was concerned about whether he ha....... [more]

Rehnquist confirmation records [FBI]
January 6, 2007
Background checks and records on William J. Rehnquist, US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), released January 4, 2007. Read parts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here....... [more]

FBI records document history of Rehnquist drug dependency
January 6, 2007
FBI records released Thursday shed light upon late US Chief Justice William Rehnquist's public battle with prescription drug dependency in the early 1980s. The records reveal that he was prescribed a powerful sleeping aid when he was an associate justice, which he took for over a decade. Rehnqui....... [more]

FBI discloses investigation of Rehnquist confirmation witnesses
January 4, 2007
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted criminal background checks of adverse witnesses ahead of US Senate confirmation hearings for the late William Rehnquist in respect of his nominations as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court and later Chief Justice at the behest of two Repub....... [more]

Luttig quits federal appeals bench for Boeing VP/general counsel job
May 10, 2006
Judge J. Michael Luttig, 51, of the Richmond, Virginia-based US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit resigned from the bench Wednesday to accept a position as senior vice-president and general counsel of the Boeing Company, the giant airplane manufacturer and defense contractor. Luttig became....... [more]


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