Chief Justice William Rehnquist Dies Surrounded by Family

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Chief Justice William Rehnquist

1924-2005

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, William Rehnquist died tonight after battling thyroid cancer. A spokeswoman from the Court said that Rehnquist’s three children were with him when he died at an Arlington, Virginia hospital earlier this evening.

News reports are already noting that his legacy includes moving the Court “toward a more conservative ideology.”

I would add that among his most important acts in a long life of public service is the fact that he authored a dissent from the majority decision in Roe v. Wade that made abortion legal:

To reach its result, the Court necessarily has had to find within the scope of the Fourteenth Amendment a right that was apparently completely unknown to the drafters of the Amendment.

Taking that stand, joined only by Justice Byron White, is an honorable legacy.

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See “Rehnquist the Great?” by Jeff Rosen from The Atlantic in April (via Michelle Malkin).

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  1. WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST, R.I.P.

    Via Breitbart.com, Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies at Home. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening at his home in suburban Virginia, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg. A statement from the spokeswoman said he was surrounded by …

  2. Garth T says:

    Thanks for your comments. Wanted to share a perspective as well regarding what Rehnquist’s death might mean for us all. GT

    http://www.brokenmasterpieces.com/archives/001736.html

  3. Cotillion says:

    Ordinary Heroes; Extraordinary Women

    It’s been one of those weeks where we of the Cotillion have all banded together for one reason or another. We’ve each had our little tragedies this past week, but nothing compares to the tragedy that has unfolded in Dixie….

  4. Cotillion says:

    Ordinary Heroes; Extraordinary Women

    It’s been one of those weeks where we of the Cotillion have all banded together for one reason or another. We’ve each had our little tragedies this past week, but nothing compares to the tragedy that has unfolded in Dixie….

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