Justice Scalia: The Charm Offensive

The Supreme Court's controversial member jockeys for Chief Justice

Though he bravely overcame his illness to deliver the presidential oath of office at last week's Inaugural, most court watchers assume that Chief Justice William Rehnquist's cancer will soon force him to retire from the Supreme Court. Which means the guessing game is in full swing over which of the court's sitting Justices is most likely to replace him. If he does not go outside for the job, President Bush will probably choose one of the court's two most stalwart conservatives, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Scalia seems to have the edge. "The idea of appointing the first African-American Chief Justice...

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