Bork's Failed High Court Bid Reshaped Judicial Vetting

Law360, New York (December 19, 2012, 6:37 PM EST) -- Former solicitor general, federal judge and onetime U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork was remembered after his death Wednesday for a failed confirmation process that dramatically shifted the way justices are vetted and set the stage for highly politicized confirmation hearings that continue today.

Bork was viewed as a conservative icon, but his judicial philosophy and personal beliefs ultimately denied him a seat on the high court as President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 nominee to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. Bork...
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