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Law & the Courts

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—September 8

President Ronald Reagan meets with Robert Bork in the White House, October 9, 1987. (White House Photographic Collection/Wikimedia Commons)

1987—While ten members of the American Bar Association’s judicial-evaluations committee sensibly give Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork the highest rating of “well qualified,” four members indulge their ideological biases and rate him “not qualified.”

The four members hide behind the cloak of anonymity, but years later they will be reported to be Jerome J. Shestack, Joan M. Hall, Samuel Williams, and John Lane.

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