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A Supreme Court quiz on the Oct. 1 Federal Page incorrectly described the Senate confirmation process for justices of the court. Confirmation requires a simple majority vote by the Senate. The quiz also should have mentioned Justice Stephen G. Breyer's military service; he served six months on active duty as an enlisted man in the Army and seven and a half years as a reservist.
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The Supreme Quiz 2001

7. They are alumni of Stanford University. Rehnquist and O¹Connor received their bachelor¹s and law degrees there, Kennedy and Breyer received their bachelor¹s degrees and Martin starred on the Stanford golf team.

8. False. Each of Rehnquist¹s two immediate predecessors served longer. Warren E. Burger served 16 years and nine months, while Earl Warren retired after 15 years and nine months.

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9. False. The case was decided by a 7-2 vote, with then-Associate Justice Rehnquist and White dissenting from the majority opinion written by Justice Harry A. Blackmun.

10. Blackmun and Burger. The two were old friends from Minnesota and were elevated to the Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon, leading some to presume they would share a conservative ideology. But Blackmun gradually became more liberal on the bench.

11. O¹Connor, who was a state senator in her home state of Arizona.

12. Three. Rehnquist clerked for Justice Robert H. Jackson during the 1951 and 1952 terms, Stevens clerked for Justice Wiley B. Rutledge during the 1947 term and Breyer clerked for Justice Arthur J. Goldberg during the 1964 term.

13. (d) Hamilton, writing in The Federalist No. 78 under the pseudonym "Publius."

14. The 1971 Pentagon Papers case, in which the court agreed, by a vote of 6-3, to permit newspapers including the New York Times and The Washington Post to publish a leaked secret government history of the Vietnam War. The court decided to hear the case on June 25 and published its decision on June 30.

15. (d)

16. (c)

17. False. Actually, the court cost less to build than the $9.7 million Congress authorized for the job. When work was completed, the Treasury received a refund of $94,000.

18. (c)

19. (b)

20. (d)


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