In Dicta

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Term a difficult one for Rehnquist?

"For Chief Justice William Rehnquist, it was a Supreme Court term that began with a battle with thyroid cancer that left his body frail and his voice raspy. By the end of the 2004-05 term Monday, it also was clear that Rehnquist's voice had been diminished on some of the nation's most contentious issues.

In a dozen key rulings during the term, the conservative chief justice voted in the minority.

When five of the nine justices voted to ban executions of defendants who were juveniles at the time of their crimes, Rehnquist dissented. In a ruling that allowed governments to use their eminent domain powers to seize homes for private development, he dissented.

The decision that said state "medical marijuana" laws don't protect users from federal prosecution? Rehnquist dissented. The ruling that expanded the types of lawsuits that may be filed under the Title IX law that bars sex discrimination in school programs? Rehnquist dissented. The decision that states could not stop their residents from receiving direct shipments of wine from out-of-state vineyards? Another dissent by Rehnquist."

Although I agree with the gist of the article, it seems that the media, which tends to skew liberal, is reaching here (via Yahoo! News).