Footnote Four

A collection of thoughts on Law and Politics and how small, seemingly unimportant things (like footnotes) can become large and important vehicles for historical transformation (like the infamous Footnote Four).

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Sandra Day O'Connor's Chair




According to Supreme Court tradition, when a Justice retires the other Justices pitch in to purchase the chair that the retiring Justice used for oral arguments. When J. Blackmun retired each Justice pitched in and paid $5.60 to purchase his chair. The Court places a depreciated value on the chair and then the new incoming Justice picks out a new chair for him/herself.

It seems pretty unfair that after 20+ years on the Court you have to buy out your own chair. Apparently this same rule doesn't apply to the White House (remember Bill Clinton's parting gift of furniture and china). I wonder how much O'Connor's chair will be worth?

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