Bork Nomination Hearings
Prior to the confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts, a compilation of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge… read more
Prior to the confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts, a compilation of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Bork was shown. Judge Bork’s hearings lasted 30 hours over 5 days, taking place in September of 1987. Portions were drawn from hearings on September 16, 1987.
He responded to questions from committee members about his views regarding such topics as the firing of Archibald Cox, the advice and consent role of the Senate, race discrimination, judicial activism, federal-state relationship, death penalty, freedom of speech, First amendment, pornography, clear and present danger, equal protection, abortion, and changing positions because of confirmation.
President Reagan nominated Judge Bork to the Supreme Court on July 1, 1987. The Senate rejected his nomination on October 23, 1987 with a vote of 42 in favor, 58 opposed. The history of Judge Bork’s disputed nomination is a source of debate over the limits of the “Advice and Consent of the Senate” that the Constitution requires for judicial nominees. close
People in this video
- Robert H. Bork Judge U.S. Court of Appeals->District of Columbia Circuit
- Joseph "Joe" R. Biden Jr. U.S. Senator [D] Delaware
- Charles "Chuck" E. Grassley U.S. Senator [R] Iowa
- Howell T. Heflin U.S. Senator [D] Alabama
- Edward "Ted" M. Kennedy U.S. Senator [D] Massachusetts
- Patrick J. Leahy U.S. Senator [D] Vermont
- Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Senator [D] Ohio
- Alan K. Simpson U.S. Senator [R] Wyoming
- Arlen Specter U.S. Senator [R] Pennsylvania
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