Robert H. Bork

Bork, Robert Heron

Robert Heron Bork, 1927–2012, American jurist, b. Pittsburgh. He received his law degree from the Univ. of Chicago in 1953, and was professor of law at Yale (1962–73, 1977–81). While serving as U.S. solicitor general (1973–77), he played a key role in the Watergate affair. He was later a judge on the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (1982–88). In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court. An outspoken conservative, Bork was widely criticized for his apparent opposition to advancement in civil liberties, his strongly conservative political and cultural views, and his narrow view of the Constitution. After acrimonious confirmation hearings, he was ultimately rejected by the Senate. Bork resigned from the federal court in Feb., 1988, and became a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His books include The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law (1989) and Slouching toward Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline (1996).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Supreme Court Appointments: Judge Bork and the Politicization of Senate Confirmations
Norman Vieira; Leonard Gross.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1998
The Confirmation Mess: Cleaning Up the Federal Appointments Process
Stephen L. Carter.
Basic Books, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Part I "Borking for Fun and Traffic"
The Decline and Fall of the Supreme Court: Living out the Nightmares of the Federalists
Christopher C. Faille.
Praeger Publishers, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "The Making of the Rehnquist Court" and Chap. 9 "The Bork Revue"
Two Men Who Represent Different Generations and Different Branches of Conservative Thought Find They Have a Lot in Common
Walter, Scott.
The American Enterprise, Vol. 8, No. 3, May-June 1997
Contemporary Perspectives on Constitutional Interpretation
Susan J. Brison; Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.
Westview Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Originalism" by Robert H. Bork
Judges on Judging: Views from the Bench
David M. O'Brien.
Chatham House Publishers, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 16 "Tradition and Morality in Constitutional Law" by Robert H. Bork
Adversary Jurisprudence. (the Survival of Culture: IX)
Bork, Robert H.
New Criterion, Vol. 20, No. 9, May 2002
Locating the Boundaries: The Scope of Congress's Power to Regulate Commerce
Bork, Robert H.; Troy, Daniel E.
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 25, No. 3, Summer 2002
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Sanctimony Serving Politics: The Florida Fiasco
Bork, Robert H.
New Criterion, Vol. 19, No. 7, March 2001
In Defense of a Political Court
Terri Jennings Peretti.
Princeton University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Conventional Constitutional Theory: The Neutralist Approach"
Out of Order: Arrogance, Corruption, and Incompetence on the Bench
Max Boot.
Basic Books, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "The Bork Revolution" begins on p. 202
Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation
Ken Gormley.
Perseus Books, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 20 "White House Mysteries" and Chap. 21 "The Watergate Cleanup"
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