Harry Blackmun

Blackmun, Harry Andrew

Harry Andrew Blackmun (blăk´mən), 1908–99, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1970–94), b. Nashville, Ill. Educated at Harvard, he practiced law privately, was general counsel to the Mayo Clinic (1950–59), then became a federal circuit court judge. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Nixon. Blackmun was initially allied with the conservatives on the court, including his boyhood friend Warren Burger, but is best known for his 1973 majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion. By the 1980s he tended toward a liberal view in most areas, particularly civil-rights cases.

See L. Greenhouse, Becoming Justice Blackmun (2005).

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Harry A. Blackmun: The Outsider Justice
Tinsley E. Yarbrough.
Oxford University Press, 2008
Justice Blackmun and Racial Justice
Hair, Penda D.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 104, No. 1, October 1994
The Steady Hand of Justice Blackmun
Clinton, Bill; Souter, David H.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 104, No. 1, October 1994
The Supreme Court and the Law of Nations
Blackmun, Harry A.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 104, No. 1, October 1994
Justice Blackmun and the "World out There." (US Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun)
Koh, Harold Hongju.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 104, No. 1, October 1994
The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions
Leon Friedman; Fred L. Israel.
Chelsea House, vol.4, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Harry A. Blackmun" begins on p. 1608
Decision: How the Supreme Court Decides Cases
Bernard Schwartz.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Blackmun Dissent" begins on p. 27
The Silent Subject: Reflections on the Unborn in American Culture
Brad Stetson.
Praeger, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Harry Blackmun begins on p. 229
Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War
James Risen; Judy L. Thomas.
Basic Books, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Harry Blackmun begins on p. 29
Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians v. the Supreme Court
Joyce Murdoch; Deb Price.
Basic Books, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Harry Blackmun begins on p. 321
Spanning Ideological Chasms: The Response to Conceptual Segregation in Bowers V. Hardwick
Srader, Doyle.
Argumentation and Advocacy, Vol. 30, No. 4, Spring 1994
Contradiction, Coherence, and Guided Discretion in the Supreme Court's Capital Sentencing Jurisprudence
Sigler, Mary.
American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 3, Summer 2003
Four-One-Four
Annas, George J.
The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 19, No. 5, September-October 1989
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