Law: The Court Reassembled

New dynamics amid perennially divisive issues

"Everybody was in a jolly mood." Thus a court insider described the atmosphere as the Rehnquist Court went to work in closed session for the first time last week. With William Rehnquist newly sworn as its Chief and Antonin Scalia the newest Associate Justice, the reassembled U.S. Supreme Court began going through the summer's accumulation of new cases. The transition has proceeded smoothly. Former Chief Justice Warren Burger moved out of his chambers early so they could be repainted, and most of Rehnquist's pictures and effects are now tidily in place. Burger retains a smaller office, for retired Justices, but he...

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