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June 28, 2005

Why Rehnquist Won't Resign- For Now At Least

Here's a hard prediction.

Rehnquist won't resign until at least the end of September, which probably means he won't resign until the end of next year.

Why?

History.

On February 3, 1812, Justice Joseph Story was sworn in as Associate Justice.  For the next eleven years and one month, the same Justices would serve together on the Supreme Court until Justice Brockholst Livingston died on March 18, 1823--  the longest stable roster of Justices in our country's history.

On August 3, 1994, Justice Stephen Breyer was sworn in as Associate Justice.  Since then, the same nine Justices have served together on the Supreme Court and, on September 13th, 2005, they will surpass the record of that early set of Justices.

Rehnquist has a keen sense of Court history and if he can physically make it, I can't believe he would quit short of that historic record. 

Posted by Nathan at June 28, 2005 11:31 PM