Robert Bork, 1927-2012

Carol Platt Liebau

12/19/2012 8:56:18 AM - Carol Platt Liebau

Judge Robert Bork has died.  Although he was best known by the public for the contentious Supreme Court hearings that resulted in his nomination to the Supreme Court being defeated -- and because the malicious lies about his views purveyed by the likes of Ted Kennedy created the term "Borking" -- he held a significant place in American public life for a long time.  

He was an antitrust scholar, a Yale Law School professor, Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General and a judge on the DC Circuit.  He was also the author of fine books including Slouching Toward Gomorrah and The Tempting of America.

By all accounts, he was a man of great intellect and personal integrity -- who refused to tailor his views to prevailing notions of political correctness.  He paid a price for that.

But he was a great American whose contributions to American jurisprudence and legal thought will long endure.

May he rest in peace.