Signed first edition of Grand Inquests by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
Octavo, 303pp. Gray hardcover, maroon cloth spine. Stated first edition on copyright page with full number line. In the publisher’s near fine dust jacket, price-clipped, vibrant colors. Signed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the half-title: “To Lloyd Hand, With Best Wishes. William H. Rehnquist.”
The impeachment proceedings of Samuel Chase established limits on the impeachment power of the Executive and Legislative Branches, while also defining the limits of judicial independence under the constitution. His acquittal likely saved the career of Chief Justice John Marshall, which was of great historical importance to the United States. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, in this book, notes that while the senators who acquitted Chase did not agree with his judicial opinions, they believed that lifetime appointments should not be undermined by the judgments the justices make. In response to this trial, justices have been much more cautious in avoiding the appearance of political partisanship.