News Flash: Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist reported dead

Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist has died at his home in Virginia.

Update: [Kevin adds] The full story is now online…

WASHINGTON (AP) – Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening of cancer, ending a remarkable 33-year tenure on the Supreme Court and creating a rare second vacancy on the nation’s highest court.

Rehnquist, 80, was surrounded by his three children when he died at his home in suburban Arlington.

“The Chief Justice battled thyroid cancer since being diagnosed last October and continued to perform his duties on the court until a precipitous decline in his health the last couple of days,” said court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg.

Rehnquist was appointed to the Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1971 by President Nixon and took his seat on Jan. 7, 1972. He was elevated to chief justice by President Reagan in 1986.

[More]Of course the obligatory idiotic comment at DU is up, “Throw his f*ing corpse into that contaminated water outside the Superdome! And see how HIS family like seeing that on the TV news.” as well as the idiotic DailyKos member comment, “Holy f**k…they killed Renquist.

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