Chief Justice John Roberts has apparently taken the "stare decisis" approach to seasonal Supreme Court celebrations, honoring his predecessor William Rehnquist's almost defiant insistence on describing the Court's annual holiday gathering as a Christmas party. In the past, Court clerks and Justice Thurgood Marshall objected to the wording and tone of the event. Every year, Marshall sent a note to Rehnquist declining the invitation, and stating, "I still prefer to keep church and state apart."
Roberts Adheres to Precedent on High Court Revelry
December 16, 2005