The Conscience of a Judicial Conservative

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The Conscience of a Judicial Conservative – (Opinion: by Richard Garnett) The Wall Street Journal – October 23, 2012

The late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died in September 2005 after a full, consequential and in some ways controversial life. From modest and Midwestern circumstances, he distinguished himself in school, law practice and public service. He was confirmed to the Supreme Court during turbulent times and was for many years a powerful and prescient critic of what he saw as a too-liberal court's innovations and excesses.