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Robert Heron Bork
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- Lance
 Added: Mar. 22, 2014
 
Robert Heron Bork: sir, you will be remembered as an American legal scholar who advocated the judicial philosophy of originalism. You served as a Yale Law School professor, Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General, and a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It was in 1987, you were nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, but the Senaterejected your nomination. You had more success as an antitrust scholar, where your once-idiosyncratic view that antitrust law should focus on maximizing consumer welfare has come to dominate American legal thinking on the subject. You began as a lawyer in private practice in 1954 and then was a professor at Yale Law School from 1962 to 1975 and 1977 to 1981. Among your students during this time were future president Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jerry Brown, John R. Bolton. You were best known for your theory that the only way to reconcile the role of the judiciary in the U.S. government against what you terms the "Madisonian" or "counter-majoritarian" dilemma of the judiciary making law without popular approval is for constitutional adjudication to be guided by the framers' original understanding of the United States Constitution. Your writings have influenced the opinions of conservative judges such as Associate Justice Antonin Scaliaand former Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court, and sparked a vigorous debate within legal academia about how the Constitution is to be interpreted. President Reagan nominated you for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on July 1, 1987 to replace Lewis Powell. A hotly contested United States Senate debate over your nomination ensued. Opposition was partly fueled by civil rights and women's rights groups concerned with your opposition to the authority claimed by the federal government to impose standards of voting fairness upon the states (at your confirmation hearings for the position of Solicitor General, you supported the rights of Southern states to impose a poll tax), You were one of only three Supreme Court nominees, along with William Rehnquist and Samuel Alito, to ever be opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union.You were also criticized for being an "advocate of disproportionate powers for the executive branch of Government, almost executive supremacy", Before Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell's expected retirement on June 27, 1987, some Senate Democrats had asked liberal leaders to form "a solid phalanx" to oppose whomever President Ronald Reagan nominated to replace him, assuming it would tilt the court rightward. Democrats also warned Reagan there would be a fight if you were nominated. Nevertheless, Reagan nominated you for the seat on July 1, 1987.Following your nomination to the Court, Sen. Ted Kennedy took to the Senate floor with a strong condemnation of youdeclaring: 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. Remembering you today, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Mar. 1, 2014
 
In loving memory...thank you, sir.
-Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 1, 2014
 

- Bob Hufford
 Added: Mar. 1, 2014
 
Robert Heron Bork: sir, you will be remembered as an American legal scholar who advocated the judicial philosophy of originalism. You served as a Yale Law School professor, Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General, and a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It was in 1987, you were  nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, but the Senaterejected your nomination. You had more success as an antitrust scholar, where your once-idiosyncratic view that antitrust law should focus on maximizing consumer welfare has come to dominate American legal thinking on the subject. You began as a lawyer in private practice in 1954 and then was a professor at Yale Law School from 1962 to 1975 and 1977 to 1981. Among your students during this time were  future president Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jerry Brown, John R. Bolton. You were best known for your theory that the only way to reconcile the role of the judiciary in the U.S. government against what you terms the "Madisonian" or "counter-majoritarian" dilemma of the judiciary making law without popular approval is for constitutional adjudication to be guided by the framers' original understanding of the United States Constitution. Your writings have influenced the opinions of conservative judges such as Associate Justice Antonin Scaliaand former Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court, and sparked a vigorous debate within legal academia about how the Constitution is to be interpreted. President Reagan nominated you for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on July 1, 1987 to replace Lewis Powell. A hotly contested United States Senate debate over your nomination ensued. Opposition was partly fueled by civil rights and women's rights groups concerned with your opposition to the authority claimed by the federal government to impose standards of voting fairness upon the states (at your confirmation hearings for the position of Solicitor General, you supported the rights of Southern states to impose a poll tax), You were one of only three Supreme Court nominees, along with William Rehnquist and Samuel Alito, to ever be opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union.You were also criticized for being an "advocate of disproportionate powers for the executive branch of Government, almost executive supremacy", Before Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell's expected retirement on June 27, 1987, some Senate Democrats had asked liberal leaders to form "a solid phalanx" to oppose whomever President Ronald Reagan nominated to replace him, assuming it would tilt the court rightward. Democrats also warned Reagan there would be a fight if you were nominated. Nevertheless, Reagan nominated you for the seat on July 1, 1987.Following your nomination to the Court, Sen. Ted Kennedy took to the Senate floor with a strong condemnation of youdeclaring: 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. Remembering you one year later, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Dec. 19, 2013
 

- bob tarte
 Added: Dec. 19, 2013
 

- Lazer
 Added: Dec. 19, 2013
 
R.I.P.
- TheMysterian
 Added: Dec. 19, 2013
 
You should have been on the Supreme Court, sir...may you rest well.
-Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 1, 2013
 

- czgrammy
 Added: Mar. 1, 2013
 
The country was denied a great legal mind on the Supreme Court. RIP.
- Cindy Lassiter
 Added: Feb. 10, 2013
 
Thank You!
- Gail McKinzie Clark
 Added: Feb. 8, 2013
 

- Richard Brimhall
 Added: Jan. 10, 2013
 
You were a great American!
- Ron Buchinski
 Added: Dec. 31, 2012
 
A beautiful mind, a great American. Thank you for your love of our country.
- Miss Morgan
 Added: Dec. 27, 2012
 

- Ricky Hempel
 Added: Dec. 25, 2012
 

- Janet Carroll
 Added: Dec. 25, 2012
 
You were a great American. RIP.
- Joe Bisson
 Added: Dec. 25, 2012
 

- Republican
 Added: Dec. 23, 2012
 
r.i.p
- Isabella Cindy
 Added: Dec. 22, 2012
 

- Dino
 Added: Dec. 22, 2012
 

- Tom Cummings
 Added: Dec. 22, 2012
 

- Blackwasp
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
"Saturday Night Massacre"
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- Susan Nunes
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- Janis Coleman
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- Matt Lawson
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
A great AMERICAN!A true champion of JUSTICE! RIP sir!
- karl anglin
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
Rest In Peace
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
In your memory. Thank you for your service to our country & your community-at-large. Your contributions helped to make for a better world & your legacy will be remembered. Condolences to the family, friends & associates. Rest In PEACE
- JohnRobert Mauney
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- Donna
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
I didn't relize how right you were about alot things until I got older and grew up. REST IN PEACE SIR.
- Brenda Hoffman
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- Gary Bernard
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- Nicholas Giugno
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- elaine bailey
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
Truly, one of the greatest legal minds and a true defender and supporter of the Constitution. I wish you could have served on the US Supreme Court. I believe you will always be remembered as a brilliant jurist. Thank you for your love of our country. God bless your memory.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- Freebell
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- James Snow
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
Blessed Be
- cemstar
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- czgrammy
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
I think that you would have made an excellent supreme court justice-R.I.P.
- Richard Seibert M.D.
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 

- TN MAN
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
R.I.P.
- Danny Trahan
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
Brillance.
- J Spencer
 Added: Dec. 19, 2012
 

-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 19, 2012
 

- Rose
 Added: Dec. 19, 2012
 
God Bless you, sir. You were a true patriot.
- A Grateful American
 Added: Dec. 19, 2012
 
Thank you for always standing up for truth.Thank you for defending the morals and integrity of our country. May God Bless you always and forever.
- Diane & Family
 Added: Dec. 19, 2012
 
OOH RAH, SIR!!! SEMPER FI!!!
- Bob Hufford
 Added: Dec. 19, 2012
 
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