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Rehnquist not returning to bench after holiday break

[JURIST] Updating a Wednesday announcement on Chief Justice William Rehnquist's return to work part-time, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Friday that Rehnquist will not preside from the bench Monday when the high court returns from the holiday break. Rehnquist, 80, will be absent due to "continuing secretions caused by his tracheotomy and radiation therapy." The Chief Justice was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in October of last year and has subsequently missed about 25 arguments while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The spokeswoman noted however, that Rehnquist will "continue to read briefs and transcripts of oral arguments, participate in conferences, and vote on cases." As noted in JURIST's This Day at Law feature, today marks Rehnquist's 33rd year on the court. If his health allows, he is expected to administer President Bush's oath of office at his second inaugural on January 20th. AP has more.

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