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    Bork Nomination Vote

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9 to 5 to send the Judge Bork nomination to the Senate with a recommendation that it not consent to the appointment.

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    Bork Nomination Day 1, Part 1

    The committee begins hearings on the nomination of Judge Robert Bork to be associate justice of the Supreme Court. Former President Ford, Senators Dole and Danforth, and Congressman Fish present…

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    Bork Nomination Day 11, Part 2

    Former Attorney General Elliot Richardson testified in support of Robert Bork’s Supreme Court confirmation. In October 1973 Richardson resigned rather than carry out President Nixon’s order to fire special…

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    Bork Nomination Day 2

    The Senate Judiciary committee questioned United States Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork. Judge Bork’s hearings lasted 30 hours over 5 days, taking place in September of 1987. Committee members took approximately 20 to 30…

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    Bork Nomination Hearings

    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,…

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    Bork Nomination Day 10, Part 6

    Mr. Krane and Mr. Carlock expressed support for the nomination and focused on Bob Bork, the person. Reverend Dean opposed the nomination based on his impression of Bork as supporting lessened…

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    Bork Nomination Day 10, Part 5

    A panel of law professors testified in support of Judge Bork. Witnesses refuted characterizations of Bork as judicially radical or personally prejudiced.

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    Bork Nomination Day 10, Part 4

    A panel of people who worked with or for Judge Bork testified as “character witnesses” for the nominee. Thornburgh was an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department when Bork was solicitor general. He described Bork as…

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    Bork Nomination Day 10, Part 3

    The constitutional law professor testified in opposition to the nomination. Professor Kurland criticized Bork’s judicial philosophy of original intent as missing the intent to preserve and…

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    Bork Nomination Day 10, Part 2

    The former attorney general testified in support of the nomination. Mr. Bell maintained that Judge Bork’s judicial philosophy and his views of constitutionally specified individual liberties were…

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    Bork Nomination Day 10, Part 1

    Senator Eagleton and Professor Sunstein expressed opposition to the nomination. They criticized Judge Bork’s view of separation of powers as overly favoring the executive branch. Senator Eagleton called…

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    Bork Nomination Day 12, Part 4

    The former attorney general under President Eisenhower pointed to the ideological diversity of Eisenhower Supreme Court appointments. He suggested that the Judiciary Committee would be practicing…

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    Bork Nomination Day 12, Part 3

    Rabbi Handler testified in support of the nomination. He concurred with Bork’s interpretation of the Constitution on individual liberties and morality. Mr. Innis also supported the nomination,…

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    Bork Nomination Day 12, Part 2

    Ms. LaHaye and Ms. Martinez, a former president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, testified in opposition to the nomination. The witnesses expressed concern over…

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    Bork Nomination Day 12, Part 1

    A panel of antitrust experts testified in opposition to the nomination. The witnesses expressed concern over Judge Bork’s views of the role of the courts in antitrust enforcement. Bork’s…

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    Bork Nomination Day 11, Part 5

    A panel of law school deans testified in support of the nomination. The witnesses used case law examples to support Bork’s judicial philosophy and his interpretation of the Constitution.…

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    Bork Nomination Day 11, Part 4

    Two former Watergate prosecuters testified concerning the role of Judge Bork in the firing of Archibald Cox and its aftermath. The witnesses challenged the representation of Bork as moving to…

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    Bork Nomination Day 11, Part 3

    A panel representing the Congressional Black Caucus and other black groups expressed opposition to the nomination based on Bork’s views of major Supreme Court decisions affecting civil…

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    Bork Nomination Day 11, Part 1

    The panel of law professors testified in opposition to the nomination. The witnesses expressed concern over Bork’s criticism of Griswold v. Connecticut, which declared a law banning birth control…

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    Bork Nomination Day 8, Part 1

    Former Chief Justice Burger testified in support of the nomination. Burger maintained that previous positions couldn’t predict a judge’s decisions. He referred to Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, noting that there was…

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