A Very Public Trial for a Very Private Justice

Chief Justice William Rehnquist has the kind of face that gets lost in a crowd, and that's the way he likes it. For years he has blocked broadcasting the work of the Supreme Court. But this week the professorial 74-year-old will cross the narrow street that separates his courthouse from the Capitol to become, at least for a while, the most televised person in America, the one in charge of President Clinton's trial in the Senate.

It's the role of a lifetime, and he's prepared. In 1992 he published Grand Inquests, a 278-page history of the 19th century impeachment trials...

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