Chief Justice William Rehnquist's opinion in Leocal v. Ashcroft, issued Nov. 9, was a reassuring sign that, in spite of his illness, he is still able to perform his duties. Inside the Supreme Court's marble halls, reassurance came in a more poignant form: Rehnquist's letter inviting employees to the Court's Christmas party. The note was one of several indications last week that the direst of the stories about Rehnquist's condition were at least premature, if not also overblown.
Rehnquist Keeps Contact With Court During Illness
November 15, 2004