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We've Been Ruled By A Pillhead Junkie Nutcase

New FBI files currently released reveals the degree that recently deceased Chief Justice Rehnquist was out of touch with reality during his tenure

Also in 1986, the FBI conducted an intensive investigation into Rehnquist’s dependence on Placidyl, a strong painkiller that he had taken since the early 1970s for insomnia and back pain. Rehnquist’s bout with drug dependence had been made public in 1981, when he was hospitalized for his back pain and suffered withdrawal symptoms when he stopped taking the drug.

The FBI’s 1986 report on Rehnquist’s drug dependence was not released at the time of his confirmation, though some Democratic senators wanted it made public. But it is in Rehnquist’s now-public file, and it contains new details about his behavior during his weeklong hospital stay in December 1981. One physician whose name is blocked out told the FBI that Rehnquist expressed “bizarre ideas and outrageous thoughts. He imagined, for example, that there was a CIA plot against him.?

The doctor said Rehnquist “had also gone to the lobby in his pajamas in order to try to escape.? The doctor said Rehnquist’s delirium was consistent with him suddenly stopping his apparent daily dose of 1400 milligrams of the drug — nearly three times higher than the 500-milligram maximum recommended by physicians. The doctor said, “Any physician who prescribed it was practicing very bad medicine, bordering on malpractice.?

Apparently he stopped taking the drugs in 1982, according to the same doctors who filled out his overdosage of the painkillers (that sounds a lot like the story Rush Limpballs is hanging on to). But still, that goes a long way to explain some of his ridiculous rulings over the years, especially his concurrent judgement in Bush v. Gore.