Rehnquist’s notes on Roe, other cases to be made public

Notes from the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist – including his notes on the landmark case Roe v. Wade – will be made public soon, according to Legal Times blog the BLT.

In an arrangement between Rehnquist’s family and the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University, the papers from Rehnquist’s 33-year tenure on the Supreme Court will be donated to the institution, the blog reports.

 The documents will become public, but not during the lifetime of any member of the Court at the time the note were written. The first batch of documents will be from the year 1972, when Rehnquist was named to the Court, to 1975, when current Justice John Paul Stevens was seated at the bench. Upon Stevens’ death, documents from 1975 to 1981, when retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor joined the Court, will be released, and so on.

Notes on Roe, handed down in 1973, will be included in the first publicly available documents.

Rehnquist’s family chose to donate the papers to Hoover, rather than to the Library of Congress, because of Rehnquist’s long ties with the institution. More here.

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