The Lives of U.S. Chief Justices

With Chief Justice William Rehnquist rumored to be ready to retire, Robert Siegel talks to NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg about what a Chief Justice does. The administrative duties of the office include assigning which justice will write the majority opinion on a given case, if the chief justice is in the majority. Nina also talks about which chief justices are considered among the greats.

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