served on the Supreme Court for 33 years, from 1972 until his death in September 2005.
These considerations highlight why Rehnquist
is a particularly difficult subject for the biographer.
A judicial withdrawal from enforcing the original limits on the powers of Congress would undo the New Federalist legacy of William Rehnquist
was the most Jeffersonian associate justice of the Supreme Court in history.
In the short period that has passed since the departures of Chief Justice Rehnquist
and Associate Justice O'Connor, conflicting "conventional wisdoms" have evolved about their roles on the Supreme Court and their legacies.
Rather than a salacious account, what develops is a curious mix of factual information about Rehnquist
juxtaposed against accounts of his intelligence, quirks, utter frugality, personality traits, reverence for history, love of literature, movie viewing habits, cigarette consumption, and betting.
question the consistency and underlying logic of the death penalty decisions of Supreme Court Justices Rehnquist
, Scalia, and Thomas, its greatest supporters.
Gagalis, who never took the stand in his own two-week trial in December 2006, contends in an affidavit filed with the district court earlier this month--that Rehnquist
was conflicted because his firm Goodwin Proctor also represented Daniel Harding, who at the time was being investigated for securities fraud at Riverstone Networks in California.
Rosen regularly refers to Rehnquist
in terms like "pragmatic and politically savvy" and declares in the opening chapter that "under his leadership the Court remained generally in the political mainstream.
Rosen's point is that the Court's most successful jurists--he spotlights John Marshall, John Harlan, Hugo Black, and William Rehnquist
, and tips his hat to several others--have the same temperamental strengths that one looks for in high-performing kindergarteners.
cited an analysis of the case from 2005 by Theodore Kessis of Applied DNA Resources, who said the methodology used in the testing and the fractured chain of custody of the material itself rendered the results suspect.
, then an associate justice, wrote the lead opinion in Valley Forge Christian College v.
This process should reveal a nominee's true character, but senators can miss storm signals, as they did in the case of William Hubbs Rehnquist
, who served on the Court for thirty-three years, fourteen of them as Associate Justice (1972-86), nineteen as Chief Justice (to 2005).
At his death in September 2005, Chief Justice William Rehnquist
(1924-2005) left a legacy of significant influence over developments in federal law, including corrections law.
was often a lonely voice of dissent during his early years on the high court.