Rehnquist Dies

Breaking News. Chief Justice William Rehnquist has died at the age 80 in his home in suburban Virginia of thyroid cancer.

Rehnquist was appointed to the Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1971 by President Nixon and took his seat on Jan. 7, 1982. He was elevated to chief justice by President Reagan in 1986.

His death ends a remarkable 33-year Supreme Court career during which Rehnquist oversaw the court’s conservative shift, presided over an impeachment trial and helped decide a presidential election.

I expect that Bush will elevate Scalia to the Chief Justice position as soon as possible.

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