Colleagues, former clerks recall legal career of Robert Bork, who died at 85

, The National Law Journal


Former federal appeals judge, solicitor general and failed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, who died Wednesday, is being remembered as both a conservative legal trailblazer and a divisive nominee who set the contentious tone of high court confirmation hearings ever since.

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  • julieek

    Certainly only portraying one side of his confirmation process... I understand, it's his obit. But this influential man, this 'penetrating and influential writer', was vociferously against the Civil Rights Act and integration to cite just one area of his deep thinking. And the Saturday Night Massacre, when others resigned rather than fire Watergate special prosecutor Cox, Bork had no problem with stepping up to fire Cox, trying to help Nixon keep his crimes hidden. No doubt a brilliant intellect he found (& created) rationales for his views but his moral compass was broken.

  • MPH/Alexandria, VA

    Having practiced antitrust law for almost forty years, I must say that Judge Bork's "Antitrust Paradox" remains the most lucid and persuasive book I have ever read on the theory of antitrust.

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