Supreme Court Appointments: Judge Bork and the Politicization of Senate Confirmations

By Norman Vieira; Leonard Gross | Go to book overview

13
OTHER WITNESSES

An unprecedented number of witnesses testified at the Bork hearings. Bork's own testimony had taken thirty hours over a five-day period. The testimony of other witnesses consumed fifty-seven hours over an eightday period. In all, 112 witnesses testified. There were an equal number of witness panels supporting and opposing Bork's confirmation. But even this appearance of parity worked against Bork. In a typical confirmation hearing, most of the testimony is favorable to the nominee. The very fact that half of the panels testified in opposition to Bork suggested that this nomination was highly controversial and that it was somehow different from nearly all the ones preceding it.

The selection of witnesses was also revealing. The procedure was for the Democratic majority to select its witnesses and for the Republican minority to do the same. Both sides chose speakers who were thought to be good advocates and who would not be identified as representatives of "special interests." Accordingly, a large number of the witnesses selected to testify were law professors or other members of the legal profession. Noticeably absent were representatives of groups like NOW, the NAACP, and organized labor. This chapter sets forth some of the highlights of the testimony of those witnesses.


VOICES FROM THE MINORITY COMMUNITY

The first witness to testify after Judge Bork and the ABA representatives was William T. Coleman, former secretary of transportation for President Ford and now a prominent Los Angeles attorney, who testified against Bork's confirmation. The fact that Coleman, a black Republican and a Reagan supporter, would testify against Bork was significant be-

-138-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Supreme Court Appointments: Judge Bork and the Politicization of Senate Confirmations
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 312

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.