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August 4, 1991
With the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People now out front in tortured opposition to Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, the country is in for another "borking." This new word in the political vocabulary derives from the massive public relations campaign in 1987 that led to Senate rejection of Judge Robert H. Bork, the only out-and-out defeat the liberal establishment ever administered to President Reagan.Like Mr. Bork, U.S. Appeals Court Judge Thomas is a self-proclaimed conservative, an opponent of goal-setting affirmative action, a putative opponent of the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision and a man who supposedly would continue the Supreme Court's massive swing to the right.
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By Mark A. Graber | December 24, 2012
Robert Bork, who died Wednesday, occupies a peculiar position in the pantheon of American conservative heroes. Most conservatives celebrated Judge Bork as the champion of constitutional values who was denied his rightful position on the Supreme Court by liberals bent on warping constitutional language for partisan purposes. Constitutional conservatives for the past 25 years, however, have gone on precisely the sort of judicial crusade that Judge Bork condemned in his major writings. While Judge Bork and such contemporary justices as Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas share a superficial commitment to constitutional originalism, the originalism of the conservatives on the present Supreme Court bears little relationship to the originalism Mr. Bork pioneered during the 1970s and 1980s.
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By Walter Olson and Walter Olson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 6, 1996
"Slouching Toward Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline," by Robert H. Bork. Harper Collins. 366 pages. $25.As a professor, judge and high court nominee, Robert Bork has made lots of bright friends, yet apparently none could talk him out of publishing this amazingly bad volume.Couched as a manifesto on issues of the day from crime to abortion, "Slouching Toward Gomorrah" adopts the theme that liberalism has fouled up the country on pretty much every front, and a dose of Trad Vals couldn't hurt.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
Theodore A. Bork, a retired architect who had worked for the Rouse Co. and later the U.S. State Department, died May 23 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at his Columbia home. He was 83. The son of a businessman and a homemaker, Theodore Alvin Bork was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in 1950 in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Mr. Bork served in the Army stateside during the Korean War, teaching mathematics to officers.
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By Robert Lee and Robert Lee,Staff writer | November 13, 1990
Who's to judge what an American's right to privacy is?Certainly not a Supreme Court justice, posited Robert H. Bork at a forum on ethics and law last weekend at St. John's College in Annapolis.The speech by Bork, who was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1987 but rejected by the Senate, was warmly received by the overflow crowd of 615 judges, lawyers, students and townsfolk, who paid $25 each to attend Saturday.After a question-and-answer session, the group broke into 28 separate round-table seminars, where citizens were goaded to consider questions such as "Should legislators seek to make men better?"
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By Russell Baker | June 16, 1993
A DICTIONARY of Washington Eponymical Etymology:TO BORK, verb. The act of scrutinizing to death a nominee for high public office. The word derives from Robert Bork, a Supreme Court nominee whose record was examined so minutely by the Senate Judiciary Committee that the rest of the Senate, assuming there must be something wrong with anyone who needed that much scrutiny, refused to confirm him. Usage examples: "Unless Clinton nominates people acceptable to...
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau | June 10, 1993
WASHINGTON -- By the time President Clinton finally pick Bruce E. Babbitt for the Supreme Court -- if, in fact, he does -- the nominee just might have a public image that his own family would not recognize.And if Mr. Clinton decides not to nominate Mr. Babbitt, onereason could be the president's unwillingness to fight over that image.Either way, Mr. Babbitt could conclude that he had been "Borked."The word is not in the new 10th edition of "Webster's Collegiate Dictionary," just out last month, but it will be in the next edition of National Textbook Co.'s "Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions," according to that book's author and now the company's dictionary director, Richard A. Spears.
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By David G. Savage and David G. Savage,Los Angeles Times | May 22, 1993
WASHINGTON -- C. Lani Guinier, President Clinton's choice to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, is quickly becoming the Robert H. Bork of the left.A voting-rights attorney who once battled to give blacks a chance to win elections in the South, she has spent the past four years as a University of Pennsylvania law professor writing about new strategies for ensuring political fairness and "empowerment" for minorities.But like Judge Bork, her many writings on touchy subjects have given her critics the words with which to brand her an extremist outside the mainstream.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer | March 2, 1992
A 50-year-old man wanted in the stabbing death of an elderly East Baltimore man was captured yesterday by police in Missouri after he stowed away on a Greyhound bus from St. Louis.James Bork, of no fixed address, was being held last night in the Green County Detention Center, officials there said. He is wanted on a first-degree-murder warrant in the slaying of Russell Hahn, 76.According to police, Mr. Bork, wearing a Greyhound uniform, posed as an employee and got on the bus in St. Louis yesterday afternoon.
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December 27, 2009
Lucille Bork Jones A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, December 29, at 11:00 A.M. at Old Trinity Episcopal Church located in Church Creek, Maryland. Tributes at www.beinhauer.com
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December 27, 2009
Lucille Bork Jones A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, December 29, at 11:00 A.M. at Old Trinity Episcopal Church located in Church Creek, Maryland. Tributes at www.beinhauer.com
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By THOMAS SOWELL | January 19, 2006
The Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. told us more about the senators than they did about Judge Alito. First, there were those long-winded preambles to "questions" for the judge. Then there were the Mickey Mouse maneuvers and insinuations, spiced here and there with outright lies. The ridiculousness of the charges was classically illustrated by Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s claim that Judge Alito had been part of a group that was trying to keep minorities and women out of Princeton.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 13, 2005
The morning after Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. was announced as the president's choice for the Supreme Court, students and professors at his alma mater, the Yale Law School, were already hard at work - to defeat him. Professor Bruce Ackerman, who teaches constitutional law here, appeared on CNN with this instant assessment: "I don't think `conservative' is the word. This person is a judicial radical." A group called Law Students Against Alito was formed the same day. "There is a chunk of the population, probably a majority," said Ian Bassin, a founder of the group, "who does not want this guy on the Supreme Court."
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By Cal Thomas | June 25, 2003
ARLINGTON, Va. - Gregory Peck, who died this month, had many roles for which he will long be remembered. The one that may have had the most influence on this country was the "voice-over" he provided in 1987 for a TV commercial falsely characterizing Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork as favoring poll taxes and literacy tests, among other horrors. The same liberal groups that "Borked" Mr. Bork are preparing a campaign against President Bush's nominee, should one or more justices retire.
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By GREGORY KANE | December 30, 1998
A QUICK glance at the calendar tells me that 1998 will end in another day. That means it's time for the annual Chutzpah Awards, to be handed out to those deserving souls who went above and beyond the call of duty in displaying sheer gall.Ninth runner-up: the management of Radio One, which owns five stations in the Baltimore-Washington area. Management makes the list for its silence in the firing of C. Miles, off the air nearly two months but still the best radio talk-show host in America.
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By Sandy Grady | November 19, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Sometime after dawn today, the networks will start trundling in enough TV equipment to cover a small war. They'll plug in cameras, audio equipment and lights for Act 1, Scene 1 of President Clinton's impeachment drama.But on Day One it will not be Mr. Clinton or his sexual misbehavior on trial.The cameras will focus closely on the bespectacled, beaming mug of independent counsel Kenneth Starr, the prosecutor most Americans love to hate.Sure, commentators will remind us that this is the same room where 24 years ago Richard Nixon's fate was deliberated.
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October 14, 1991
The tawdry denouement to the Clarence Thomas hearings can only be viewed as the inevitable result of the perverse tendency of the American people to elect divided government. First we elect a president who promises to choose judicial nominees to do certain things -- to overrule Roe vs. Wade, to "lock 'em up and throw away the key," or to do all sorts of extreme things. Then we elect senators and demand that they not to confirm that president's nominees.Robert Bork is the best example. He was nominated in accordance with promises Ronald Reagan made in 1980 and 1984.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | March 25, 1993
I HAVE NO idea who President Clinton will chose for th Supreme Court, but I know who he won't choose.Robert Bork.How can I know this? Because Clinton testified against his old Yale constitutional law prof's nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987. Looking back at Clinton's statement of opposition, one gets some idea of what he wants in a justice by reading what he didn't want. Here are some telling excerpts:"Judge Bork has perhaps the most restrictive view of what the Supreme Court can do to protect individual rights of anyone who been nominated to the court in decades.
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By Hal Piper | December 7, 1996
BEN WATTENBERG is such a pathological optimist that whenever his column runs on the op/ed page we can count on getting a vituperative letter or two from fulminating sourpusses eager to reassure us that the world is, too, going to hell in a handbasket. Who better, then, to take the affirmative side in a debate resolving ''That America's Brightest Days Lie Yet Before Her?''And for the negative side, who better than the failed Supreme Court nominee, Robert H. Bork, whose hot-selling new book is ''Slouching Toward Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and America in Decline.
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By Walter Olson and Walter Olson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 6, 1996
"Slouching Toward Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline," by Robert H. Bork. Harper Collins. 366 pages. $25.As a professor, judge and high court nominee, Robert Bork has made lots of bright friends, yet apparently none could talk him out of publishing this amazingly bad volume.Couched as a manifesto on issues of the day from crime to abortion, "Slouching Toward Gomorrah" adopts the theme that liberalism has fouled up the country on pretty much every front, and a dose of Trad Vals couldn't hurt.
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