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   Rehnquist Shuns Goal of Long Court Tenure

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5/12/2004 12:00 am

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Associated Press

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Entered 5/12/2004, Updated 5/12/2004

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Rehnquist Shuns Goal of Long Court Tenure The Honolulu Advertiser Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is only four years away from becoming the Supreme Court justice who served longest on the high court, but the 79-year-old jurist said he has "no ambition" to hold that record. Rehnquist is frequently mentioned as a likely candidate to retire from the Supreme Court. Nominees for lower federal judgeships have bogged down in partisan tit-for-tat in recent years, and the fighting is expected to be much more fierce whenever the next Supreme Court vacancy occurs. No one has died or retired for nearly a decade. "I think certainly if the atmosphere prevailing today continues, ... getting confirmation of a Supreme Court justice might be very difficult," Rehnquist said in an interview. He offered no suggestions to improve matters.


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