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Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Seven of eight living justices have expressed condolences at the passing of Chief Justice Rehnquist. The reactions vary, but are uniformly positive. Justice Ginsburg refers to Rehnquist as "the fairest, most efficient boss I have ever had"; Justices Stevens, Scalia, and Thomas refer to Rehnquist as a friend; Justice Thomas's statement is particularly personal in tone, expressing the sentiments of both Justice Thomas and his wife, and concluding by stating that "our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family."

No explanation is given for Justice Souter's absence. I suspect that it's probably due to time constraints. These days, the Justice spends all his time fighting off developers who want to bulldoze his house.

Posted by Kaimi Wenger on September 6, 2005 at 06:14 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink


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Kaimi -- I have it on reliable authority that Souter's failure to issue a statement was due in large part to his feeling that it was unnecessary in light of a recent on-the-record interview he gave during which he complimented Rehnquist and his legacy extensively.

Posted by: Paul Stancil | Sep 8, 2005 4:01:03 PM

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