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   Supreme Court Closes Term With No Resignation Announcement

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6/27/2005 12:00 pm

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Entered 6/27/2005, Updated 6/27/2005

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has ended its term without announcing any retirements. There's been a lot of speculation that Chief Justice William Rehnquist will retire. He's 80, has been treated for thyroid cancer and uses a trachea tube to help him breathe. His resignation would create the first opening on the court in more than 10 years. In court Monday, Rehnquist struggled to talk. He breathed heavily as he thanked court employees for their work over the past year, then adjourned the term. There's also been talk that Justice Sandra Day O'Connor might step down. She's 75. A retirement announcement could still come by news release or a letter to the president. As the Supreme Court ends its term, the White House is refusing to say if it's been notified of an opening. Asked if President George W. Bush has received any letters from the High Court, Press Secretary Scott McClellan replied, "I'm not going to go down that road." Hundreds of spectators were drawn to the Court building on Capitol Hill Monday morning. Many camped out overnight in hopes of getting one of the few seats available inside, believing it could be Rehnquist's last day.


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