ture ABA committee chairman), who was assisted by two career attorneys. Reports indicate that Tyler enjoyed a "virtually free hand," in other words, conferring with Levi only after conducting his own investigations of nominees. 214 Tyler also worked to rebuild stronger relations with the ABA.
In conclusion, for the most part Ford was a chief executive fighting for not only his own political career, but also to restore the credibility of the office of the president and the integrity of the Department of Justice. If Ford's civil rights agenda, as well as his involvement in judicial selection and nomination was less developed than those of his immediate predecessors, they were almost nonexistent compared to his immediate successors, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. As we shall see, during the Carter and Reagan administrations, the processes for selecting federal district court judges underwent overwhelming changes and developments. These matters are discussed in the next chapter.
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Publication information: Book title: The Gatekeepers:Federal District Courts in the Political Process. Contributors: Kevin L. Lyles - Author. Publisher: Praeger Publishers. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 103.
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