William H. Rehnquist was tapped to be chief justice 19 years ago today, and while conventional wisdom says his combination of age and cancer won't let him stay around for a 20th, some court watchers are not so sure. Noting that he looks better nowadays, has resumed working full time at the Court and is even making social engagements, they say that all adds up to a slim chance that he'll confound everyone and stay put. Says one Court historian: "I don't think we're going to have an announcement this term."
Rehnquist Marks Court Anniversary With No Clues About His Future
The Associated Press
June 17, 2005
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