Rehnquist Visits Health Unit At U.S. Capitol

Associated Press
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was wheeled into the U.S. Capitol health unit yesterday, a reminder of the stakes of the filibuster compromise being negotiated at the same time across the building in the Senate.

Rehnquist, 80, did not speak as he was led through the building by a security guard and trailed by another carrying his walking cane.

It was not immediately clear why Rehnquist went to the Capitol. Reporters' calls to officials at the Supreme Court and the Capitol were not immediately returned.

The chief justice has been treated for thyroid cancer and was absent from the bench between October and March, triggering speculation that he may announce his retirement at the end of the court's session next month. A vacancy would allow President Bush to make his first appointment to the high court.

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