Wednesday, September 07, 2005
A Tribute: A Giant of a Man Died This Weekend. A man who had a profound impact on America for more than 40 Years.
In other News, that Bastard William H. Rhenquist died on September 3, 2005. He won’t be missed.
Rehnquist went to Washington, D.C. to work as a law clerk for Justice Robert H. Jackson during the court's 1951–1952 terms. There, he wrote a memorandum arguing against school desegregation while the court was considering the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. Rehnquist later claimed that the memo was meant to reflect Jackson's views and not his own. Rehnquist’s memo, entitled “A Random Thought on the Segregation Cases,” defended the separate-but-equal doctrine embodied in the 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson. Rehnquist concluded that Plessy “was right and should be reaffirmed.” (Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896) was a United States Supreme Court decision approving racial segregation in public facilities, and ruling that states could prohibit the use of public facilities by Blacks.)
When questioned about the memos by the Senate Judiciary Committee in both 1971 and 1986, Rehnquist blamed his defense of segregation on the late Justice Jackson, stating – under oath – that his memo was meant to reflect the views of Justice Jackson. But Justice Jackson voted in Brown, along with a unanimous Court, to strike down school segregation. According to historian Mark Tushnet, Justice Jackson’s longtime legal secretary called Rehnquist’s Senate testimony an attempt to “smear the reputation of a great justice.” Rehnquist later admitted to defending Plessy in arguments with fellow law clerks. He did not acknowledge that he committed perjury in front of the Judiciary Committee to get his Supreme Court job.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has alleged that while at Stanford, Rehnquist engaged in publicly bigoted acts (such as goose-stepping and making the "Heil Hitler" salute in front of Jewish student dormitories).
Rehnquist also created a unique robe for himself as Chief Justice in 1994. It has four golden bars on each sleeve. In the past, Chief Justices had not dressed differently from any of the Associate Justices. Rehnquist's robe was modeled after a robe he had seen in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta Iolanthe. The costume that inspired Chief Justice Rehnquist, an acknowledged Gilbert and Sullivan fan, is worn by the Lord Chancellor.
Only on Fox News…. “Rehnquist, whose brand of conservatism pushed the court to the center…” These guys really are one bigfoot story away from the Weekly World News.