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October 25, 2004

As if we need more drama

CNN is reporting here that "Chief Justice William Rehnquist has undergone throat surgery after a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, but is expected to be released from the hospital this week." According to the story as of 12:22pm:

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the 80-year old chief justice was admitted to the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday, and underwent a tracheotomy Saturday.

Arberg said he is expected to be released from the hospital this week, and to be back on the bench when court arguments resume next week.

For now I will just wish our Chief Justice a speedy recovery (though it is hard to avoid thinking about what this might mean for Booker and Fanfan — let alone election day voting and election litigation). The SCOTUS Blog has more details and commentary here, and this informative MSNBC report notes that three other members of the High Court have been diagnosed with cancer. I will say that I am starting to think we are all just living in a John Grisham novel.

UPDATE: Howard Bashman, as he does so well, collects all the links to coverage of the Justice Rehnquist story here and here.

FURTHER UPDATE: At How Appealing there are now a plethora of links to continuing coverage of the Chief Justice's health, and the SCOTUS Blog has a fascinating Q&A here on retirement/replacement possibilities.

October 25, 2004 at 12:28 PM | Permalink


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