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April 7, 1994
Justice Harry Blackmun, who announced yesterday his retirement at the end of the Supreme Court's current term, long ago accepted it as his fate to be known as the author of Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 opinion asserting a constitutional right to an abortion. He is still getting hate mail for it. He is also still getting professional criticism for it.Many constitutional scholars say he created the right to abortions out of a humane philosophy developed by his close association with the Mayo Clinic, rather than out of constitutional history and precedents.
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July 18, 2006
Dorothy Clark Blackmun, 95, whose late husband wrote the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, died Thursday in Winter Park, Fla. Her husband, Harry Blackmun, served on the high court from 1970 to 1994 and was the author of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. The decision prompted death threats, and in 1985 a gunman fired a bullet into the Blackmuns' Arlington, Va., apartment. They were not injured. The couple married in 1941 after meeting during a doubles tennis match. They had three daughters.
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By DAN BERGER | April 7, 1994
Bosnian Serb militia will fight to the last Muslim.Harry Blackmun won't be around to defend Roe vs. Wade next term. Someone else will have to, or it won't be defended.The Times-Mirror survey shows that most Americans think times are bad. They may know something.Cheer up. John Waters made another movie.
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By Cal Thomas | September 7, 2005
ARLINGTON, Va. - Dwight Eisenhower came to regret the judicial activism of the chief justice he nominated. Ike called his choice of liberal California Republican Earl Warren "the biggest damn fool mistake" he ever made. Richard Nixon nominated six justices to the bench. Two of them, Clement F. Haynsworth Jr. and G. Harrold Carswell, were rejected by the Senate. Four - William H. Rehnquist, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and Harry Blackmun - were confirmed. While Justice Blackmun, who authored Roe vs. Wade, was in the activist mode of Justice Warren, Mr. Nixon's nomination of Justice Rehnquist (and Ronald Reagan's elevation of him to become chief justice)
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By Harold Hongju Koh | April 11, 1994
WHEN Harry Blackmun joined the Supreme Court in 1970, he was dismissed as a conservative nonentity.He leaves as a liberal champion, widely hailed by legal scholars.Who changed, the justice or the court?The answer is a little of both.In some areas, the court plainly moved beneath him; it is far more conservative than the one he joined.But few would mistake the Justice Blackmun of the early '70s -- the cautious novice who partly based the Roe v. Wade abortion decision on the rights of doctors -- with the decisive man who now recalls that case as a necessary step toward women's emancipation.
NEWS
July 18, 2006
Dorothy Clark Blackmun, 95, whose late husband wrote the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, died Thursday in Winter Park, Fla. Her husband, Harry Blackmun, served on the high court from 1970 to 1994 and was the author of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. The decision prompted death threats, and in 1985 a gunman fired a bullet into the Blackmuns' Arlington, Va., apartment. They were not injured. The couple married in 1941 after meeting during a doubles tennis match. They had three daughters.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | July 14, 1994
SEN.HOWARD Metzenbaum criticized Judge Stephen Breyer at his confirmation hearing because he had not stepped aside in eight cases in which he might have had a slight conflict of interest.The real problem is that he had to and did step aside in all asbestos cases because he knew he had a more significant conflict of interest. Why is that a problem? Because he was hired to rule in cases like that. That's what we pay him for. He should never have compromised himself by making risky investments in Lloyd's of London (after he became a judge)
NEWS
April 17, 1992
Last year, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference endorsed Clarence Thomas' nomination to be a Supreme Court justice. It was the only civil rights organization to do so. This week, the SCLC board at a meeting in Baltimore voted "no confidence" in Justice Thomas.Justice Thomas has cast several votes and written an opinion that dismay civil rights supporters. He has agreed with the court's most conservative member, Antonin Scalia, in almost every case. But we think it is a little early to give up on Justice Thomas.
NEWS
April 16, 1992
Keith Jacobson, a Nebraska farmer, ordered two magazines, Bare Boys I and Bare Boys II, from a California book store. He said he considered them "nudist type publications." Some might consider them child pornography, though they did not depict any sexual activity. In any event, this sort of publication was not illegal at that time.Subsequently it was made a federal crime to knowingly receive by mail child pornography. A Postal Service inspector found Mr. Jacobson's name in the bookstore's files.
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By Cal Thomas | September 7, 2005
ARLINGTON, Va. - Dwight Eisenhower came to regret the judicial activism of the chief justice he nominated. Ike called his choice of liberal California Republican Earl Warren "the biggest damn fool mistake" he ever made. Richard Nixon nominated six justices to the bench. Two of them, Clement F. Haynsworth Jr. and G. Harrold Carswell, were rejected by the Senate. Four - William H. Rehnquist, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and Harry Blackmun - were confirmed. While Justice Blackmun, who authored Roe vs. Wade, was in the activist mode of Justice Warren, Mr. Nixon's nomination of Justice Rehnquist (and Ronald Reagan's elevation of him to become chief justice)
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By CARL T. ROWAN | July 29, 1994
House and Senate conferees warred, and the White House sweated, over the costliest and craziest crime bill ever proposed in this country.I hope this bill goes down in defeat, because it is a $30.2 billion monstrosity that is little more than a monument to the stupidity of those who think we can incarcerate and execute our way out of a dreadful crime situation.The politicians who helped create a national firestorm over crime are now trying to prove, in phony unproductive ways, that they are doing something about it.Look at the record number of homicides in dozens of cities, the deadly carjackings and drive-by shootings, the murders by disgruntled ex-employees, the killings in marital conflicts, and even assaults in our schools.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | July 14, 1994
SEN.HOWARD Metzenbaum criticized Judge Stephen Breyer at his confirmation hearing because he had not stepped aside in eight cases in which he might have had a slight conflict of interest.The real problem is that he had to and did step aside in all asbestos cases because he knew he had a more significant conflict of interest. Why is that a problem? Because he was hired to rule in cases like that. That's what we pay him for. He should never have compromised himself by making risky investments in Lloyd's of London (after he became a judge)
NEWS
May 25, 1994
Right-Wing GleeI wish I could be as optimistic as you about Stephen Breyer as Bill Clinton's choice as replacement for Justice Harry Blackmun on our court of last resort (editorial, May 14).But when such right-wing extremists as Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., Sen. Orrin Hatch R-Utah, and Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., practically turn handsprings over it, I see it as cause for concern rather than rejoicing.I also disagree with your description of the court as having a "newly emerging moderate-to-liberal majority."
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By Harold Hongju Koh | April 11, 1994
WHEN Harry Blackmun joined the Supreme Court in 1970, he was dismissed as a conservative nonentity.He leaves as a liberal champion, widely hailed by legal scholars.Who changed, the justice or the court?The answer is a little of both.In some areas, the court plainly moved beneath him; it is far more conservative than the one he joined.But few would mistake the Justice Blackmun of the early '70s -- the cautious novice who partly based the Roe v. Wade abortion decision on the rights of doctors -- with the decisive man who now recalls that case as a necessary step toward women's emancipation.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | April 7, 1994
Bosnian Serb militia will fight to the last Muslim.Harry Blackmun won't be around to defend Roe vs. Wade next term. Someone else will have to, or it won't be defended.The Times-Mirror survey shows that most Americans think times are bad. They may know something.Cheer up. John Waters made another movie.
NEWS
April 7, 1994
Justice Harry Blackmun, who announced yesterday his retirement at the end of the Supreme Court's current term, long ago accepted it as his fate to be known as the author of Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 opinion asserting a constitutional right to an abortion. He is still getting hate mail for it. He is also still getting professional criticism for it.Many constitutional scholars say he created the right to abortions out of a humane philosophy developed by his close association with the Mayo Clinic, rather than out of constitutional history and precedents.
NEWS
May 25, 1994
Right-Wing GleeI wish I could be as optimistic as you about Stephen Breyer as Bill Clinton's choice as replacement for Justice Harry Blackmun on our court of last resort (editorial, May 14).But when such right-wing extremists as Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., Sen. Orrin Hatch R-Utah, and Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., practically turn handsprings over it, I see it as cause for concern rather than rejoicing.I also disagree with your description of the court as having a "newly emerging moderate-to-liberal majority."
NEWS
By CARL T. ROWAN | July 29, 1994
House and Senate conferees warred, and the White House sweated, over the costliest and craziest crime bill ever proposed in this country.I hope this bill goes down in defeat, because it is a $30.2 billion monstrosity that is little more than a monument to the stupidity of those who think we can incarcerate and execute our way out of a dreadful crime situation.The politicians who helped create a national firestorm over crime are now trying to prove, in phony unproductive ways, that they are doing something about it.Look at the record number of homicides in dozens of cities, the deadly carjackings and drive-by shootings, the murders by disgruntled ex-employees, the killings in marital conflicts, and even assaults in our schools.
NEWS
By Russell Baker | February 23, 1993
EVERYBODY talks about diversity, but what do we know about it except that it's good?That's why President Clinton wants a government made up of people as diverse as America. A government as diverse as all America would be good: so runs the season's wisdom.Yet how many know that one of the early advocates of diversity in government was mocked and ridiculed, especially by progressive people, for speaking out in favor of this principle now so widely admired, especially by progressive people?I refer to Sen. Roman L. Hruska, a Nebraska Republican during the Nixon administration.
NEWS
April 17, 1992
Last year, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference endorsed Clarence Thomas' nomination to be a Supreme Court justice. It was the only civil rights organization to do so. This week, the SCLC board at a meeting in Baltimore voted "no confidence" in Justice Thomas.Justice Thomas has cast several votes and written an opinion that dismay civil rights supporters. He has agreed with the court's most conservative member, Antonin Scalia, in almost every case. But we think it is a little early to give up on Justice Thomas.
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