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Illness Forces Brennan to Cancel Two Speeches

April 16, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Justice William J. Brennan, the Supreme Court’s senior member and leading liberal, was forced to cancel two speaking engagements last week as he battled a spring cold.

When Brennan, who will turn 81 later this month, did not speak as scheduled to a gathering of high school students from across the country last Tuesday, court spokeswoman Toni House said he was suffering from ″a very bad cold.″

Brennan flew to Boston later in the week to attend a 100th anniversary dinner for the Harvard Law Review, a publication of the university’s law school. But his illness forced him to forgo a planned speech and instead give a brief greeting. --- Two Chiefs Under One Roof

When Warren E. Burger reigned as chief justice, the head of the Supreme Court’s 80-member police force was referred to as captain.

″There’s only one chief in this building,″ those close to Burger explained.

But Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who succeeded Burger last September, apparently does not mind sharing the title.

Kenneth F. Conlon, the former chief of police in Davenport, Iowa, who recently took over for retired Capt. James Zagami, is Chief Conlon. --- Who’s The Guy With All the Wrong Picks?

No one recognized one of the names on the list of players in this year’s Supreme Court betting pool for the NCAA basketball tournament. A new employee?

Curiosity grew because the ″new″ guy turned out to be a horrendous prognosticator - guessing the fewest number of winners in the 64-team field.

Turns out the $3 bet was made under a pseudonym. The bettor: Justice Harry A. Blackmun. --- A ‘Defender’ Visits the Court

Tourists visiting the Supreme Court’s marble temple on Capitol Hill recently got a bit of Hollywood thrown in at no extra charge. E.G. Marshall, the actor who played a lawyer in ″The Defenders″ television series of years past, was here for discussions with Justices Brennan and Blackmun.

His interviews will be broadcast on public television later this year. --- Southern Hospitality Breached for Scalia

Although still in his first year as the Supreme Court’s newest member, Justice Antonin Scalia has eschewed the low profile traditionally assumed by junior brethren.

He already has a reputation as a tenacious inquisitor of lawyers during oral arguments, the court’s only public sessions. And he appears to be the court’s most available public speaker outside Washington, as well.

After a speech to an Emory Univerity audience in Atlanta last week, Scalia took questions.

A woman who identified herself as Emory freshman Katie Moss asked Scalia about a 1979 article he wrote critical of affirmative action. When Scalia noted that the article was written before he had become a judge, the woman called out to him, ″You are still a racist, sexist pig.″

Scalia appeared unfazed, and told another member of the audience who attempted to apologize: ″There’s really no need. ... I’m a big boy.″

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