Justice Rehnquist in Hospital with Thyroid Cancer

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Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, pictured in December 2003.

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, pictured in December 2003. Reuters hide caption

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U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, 80, remains hospitalized after spending the weekend receiving treatment for thyroid cancer.

Rehnquist underwent a tracheotomy Saturday at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. The Supreme Court's conservative leader is expected to return to work next week. Hear NPR's Melissa Block and NPR's Nina Totenberg.

About William H. Rehnquist

Born: Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 1, 1924

Graduated: Stanford University Law School, 1952

Clerked: For Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert H. Jackson, 1952-1953 term.

Law Practice: Phoenix, Ariz., 1953-1969

Dept. of Justice: Assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel, 1969-1971

Nominated to Court: By President Nixon, 1971

Named Chief Justice: By President Reagan, 1986



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