Robert Bork 1927 – 2012

The great US jurist Robert Bork has passed away aged 85.

This extract is from the Wall Street Journal.

Robert Bork, who died today at the age of 85, was a former U.S. solicitor general, an antitrust scholar who taught (Bill Clinton, among others) at Yale, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals and an ardent foe of judicial activism. But he is best known for his failed nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987, which marked a turning point in our politics. “Borking” entered the Beltway lexicon. Political differences became an excuse for attacking someone’s moral character.

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5 Responses to Robert Bork 1927 – 2012

  1. ar

    “Robert Bork” currently trending on Twitter…

  2. Token

    Pity this esteemed jurist will be remembered by most people for the disgraceful actions of Ted Kennedy & Joe Biden.

  3. Tel

    … an ardent foe of judicial activism …

    It would seem that judicial activism was an ardent foe of him.

  4. dover_beach

    It is also important to remember, apart from the disgraceful actions of Ted Kennedy and Biden (which unsurprisingly are accurate reflections of their characters), is that Anthony Kennedy was finally nominated and filled the vacancy on the Supreme Court bench. Given the cases that have since been heard and the decisions, and Kennedy’s arguments and votes in those cases, the effect of disgraceful actions. BTW, Ted Kennedy attacked Bork in terms reminiscent of Democratic attacks on Romney before the election:

    Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is—and is often the only—protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy … President Reagan is still our president. But he should not be able to reach out from the muck of Irangate, reach into the muck of Watergate and impose his reactionary vision of the Constitution on the Supreme Court and the next generation of Americans. No justice would be better than this injustice.

  5. dover_beach

    Correction: the effect of those disgraceful actions has been devastating.

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