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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies at Home

BREITBART.COM - Just The News:

"Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening of cancer, ending a remarkable 33-year tenure on the Supreme Court and creating a rare second vacancy on the nation's highest court.

Rehnquist, 80, was surrounded by his three children when he died at his home in suburban Arlington. 'The Chief Justice battled thyroid cancer since being diagnosed last October and continued to perform his duties on the court until a precipitous decline in his health the last couple of days,' said court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg.

Rehnquist was appointed to the Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1971 by President Nixon and took his seat on Jan. 7, 1972. He was elevated to chief justice by President Reagan in 1986. "

One of the stalwarts of the conservative court has finished his last term on the bench. Let's hope we have at least a decent interval to honor his memory before we are bombarded with calls from Democrats for a "mainstream" replacement....

Rest in peace Mr. Chief Justice, you served your country well.

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