Wednesday, January 07, 2004

The Courts: Happy Anniversary!

Thirty-two years ago today, William Rehnquist was sworn-in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Not only is the now-chief justice the longest serving member of the current Court, but Rehnquist is also the only one of his current brethren who never served as an appellate judge—or a judge of any kind—before his Supreme Court appointment. Rehnquist was an assistant attorney general in President Nixon's administration at the time of his nomination and appointment. Prior to that, he was a civil litigator in Arizona.

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