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

I 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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