The New York Times has an article this morning speculating that Rehnquist will be retiring at the end of the current term of court in June, health permitting. However, the authors don’t believe that any of the sources relied upon for the article were recipients of any statement from Rehnquist supporting this theory; rather the Times is reporting educated guesses. The article also lists a number of potential replacements, which seem to be fairly accurate. (I rather expected that Linda Greenhouse would try to float someone like Justice Kennedy for Chief Justice, but perhaps she realizes that it will not happen, and that it would be the kiss of death for her to give what could be interpreted as a NYT endorsement.) The one judge who did not appear on the list who should have is California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, who I think must be considered on the short list of potential nominees.
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