From Doubles Tennis to Internet Porn: My Year as a Supreme Court Clerk

ted-cruz-smarmyI was standing behind the chief justice of the United States and sitting right next to him was the court’s first female justice, Sandra Day O’Connor. We were in front of a large computer screen gazing at explicit, hard-core pornography. As we examined the screen before us, I remember very distinctly what the 65-year-old O’Connor said.

Before I finish that story, maybe I should start from the top.

William Hubbs Rehnquist was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was very much a midwesterner. He was polite, low-key and modest. An enlisted man during World War II, he was a weather observer in North Africa, leading to a lifelong fascination with meteorology. Like Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice Rehnquist had a sharp wit, but he tended to wield humor more gently. Justice Lewis Powell, for example, was a colonel in World War II. “You know,” he once quipped to the chief, “I outrank you.” Without missing a beat, Rehnquist replied, “Not anymore.”

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