Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died over the weekend at his home in Arlington, Virginia. He was 8o years old and had been battling thyroid cancer for about a year. Rehnquist was the second-oldest chief justice in U.S. history, and was closing in on the record for longest term on the court, having been appointed to the court by President Nixon in 1972.
President Bush announced that John Roberts will be nominated to replace Rehnquist. Roberts had been picked to replace the retiring Justice O’Connor, but Rehnquist’s death opened a second seat on the bench. Roberts will nominated for the chief justice spot, while O’Connor will remain on board until another candidate to replace her can be found.