William Rehnquist on Principles & Values

Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. Nixon 1972)


OpEd: Court's stability based on dedication to stare decisis

The Court today is a judge's Court, a Court of lawyers. A Court where history, which Henry Ford once dismissed as "bunk," is treated with genuine respect. A Court dedicated to stability, not change, moderation and incrementalism, not liberalism or progressivism. The Rehnquist Court's stability has been especially evident in its dedication to the principle of stare decisis--the doctrine that courts should follow earlier judicial decisions, even if the prior holdings are viewed as wrongly decided. At the same time, it is a Court moved by large, unifying ideas. And a Court that, while remote from the hustle and bustle of American life, remains engaged in virtually all areas of our national life. It is, as Bush v Gore demonstrated, first among equals, the branch of government with the authoritative role in vital issues that deeply affect American life and politics.
Source: First Among Equals, by Kenneth Starr, p. xxviii , Oct 10, 2002

Bush v. Gore: leave recount process to Florida

The Court reversed the Florida Supreme Court decision ordering manual recount of presidential election ballots. A majority agreed that the recount violated the Constitution's equal protection clause, since counting standards varied among counties. The decision effectively ended the presidential election, handing a victory to George W. Bush.
Source: InfoPlease.com on 2000 SCOTUS case Gore v. Bush , Dec 11, 2000

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