Even without any official announcements from the ailing Chief Justice William Rehnquist on his future, some were saying this term's rulings on property rights and federalism -- along with a batch of decisions overturning prisoners' death sentences, expanding civil rights remedies and striking down a Ten Commandments display -- served as something of an ending point to the Rehnquist Court. Says attorney Thomas Goldstein: "This term was the closing of a chapter, if not the closing of a book."
Court Watchers Assess Term's Impact on Rehnquist Legacy
June 29, 2005
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