William Rehnquist, 1924-2005
Chief Justice William Rehnquist died a few hours ago.
Rehnquist, the 16th chief justice of the United States, “died this evening at his home in Arlington, Virginia, surrounded by his three children,” the court said in a statement Saturday.
This is the second paragraph from a report that is unfortunately too typical: it’s one of the very few statements made this evening that doesn’t speculate about the future make-up of the Supreme Court. The chief justice of the Supreme Court — by any estimation a very good man — has died, and the only thing we hear or read is about the likely political struggle to replace him.
I was priviledged to meet justice Rehnquist at a rather upscale/elite DC event; here was a man who rubbed elbows with the most powerful individuals in the world, but he was genuinely interested in hearing the opinions and perspectives of a of a young political science professor like me.
Rest in peace William Rehnquist.