Robert Bork, known for contentious Supreme Court nomination, dies at 85
December 19th, 2012
10:08 AM ET
5 years ago

Robert Bork, known for contentious Supreme Court nomination, dies at 85

Washington (CNN) - Former federal judge and conservative legal scholar Robert Bork died early Wednesday at his Virginia home, his family confirmed to CNN. He was 85.

Perhaps best known for his nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Bork was rejected for the post after a contentious confirmation battle led by left-leaning groups that opposed his conservative judicial philosophies.


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  1. funmilayo kemo

    may is soul rest in perfect peace

    December 19, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. judy

    rest in peace lets see who we get next .

    December 19, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have to say that I disagreed with his positions on various subjects. It is a good thing that he wasn't appointed to the Supreme Court. We might have been worse off with him.

    @Jsmith Which Constitutional prinicples are you referring to at this point? There are many who want to go back to the Constitution when it was first written. The problem is that times have changed since now. Most people seem to forget the sections about Congress (House & Senate) that are to make laws as beneficial to the population.

    December 19, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    May he rest in peace.

    I remember his controversial hearings. He made the mistake of letting his personal opinions be known on issues before the court. He made no attempt to hide the fact that his personal opinions would be the guiding factor on his rulings from the bench. Despite right wing's praise for the man, they must acknowledge that they would have strongly opposed s liberal who came before the Congress with correspondingly similar expressed views and opinions. Bork was unfit to be a judge.

    December 19, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Ancient Texan

    He would have been an excellent Justice but slanderous, radical charges made against him prevailed. Sound like a recent election?

    December 19, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |