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Loved by some loathed by others judge Robert Bork was a conservative activist and political lightning rod for -- generation.
Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen looks at the life of the judge who spawned the most controversial Supreme Court battle in history.
Do you swear.
So -- a nasty was the battle over Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court in the summer of 1987 that the process gave rise to the verb to -- Which the Oxford English dictionary defines as systematic vilification in the media to block a person's appointment to public -- So while certainly the nomination struggling judge -- life was an important inflection point politically.
What he did for the life of -- law in this country.
In defense of the constitution.
Greatly overshadows that moment.
But Pittsburgh native Bork was an early -- review opponent of judicial activism.
During -- Saturday night massacre episode in Watergate Bork then the Justice Department's number three official.
Followed president Nixon's order to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
After the attorney general Elliot Richardson and his deputy had resigned in protest must begin impeachment drive that led to Nixon's resignation.
Conservatives have -- -- -- dim view of Nixon was probably the most intelligent president.
Of this sort of -- Cintron died today announced my intention to nominate United States Court of Appeals judge Robert H Bork.
45 minutes after President Reagan sought to elevate -- from the DC appellate court Senator Edward Kennedy launched a blistering attack on the senate floor.
Robert Bork's America is a land of which women would be forced -- back Alley abortions.
Blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters.
Everybody told me that was so far not to bother responding because it was so horrible to talk the -- -- and heard me.
But they kept doing so the -- after awhile.
A lot of stuff stuck.
-- left the bench to produce scholarly books on -- morality in public policy.
Robert Bork was one of the most influential legal scholars of the past fifty years Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia said in the statement.
His impact on legal thinking in the fields of antitrust and constitutional law was profound and lasting.
These are people saying.
Well I think it's wrong but -- Martin George.
Which is of kind of frightening for your -- if we -- judge what's right and wrong we're in deep trouble and we are.
Robert Bork was any thought.
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