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  • Heritage Mourns Loss of Judge Bork

    Credit: Andrew Blasko/The Heritage Foundation

    Former federal judge and Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork died this morning at the age of 85. Bork served as U.S. solicitor general and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to serve on the Supreme Court.

    Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner called Bork’s death a major loss for both the legal and conservative communities:

    It is with considerable sadness that I must report the death early this morning of Judge Robert H. Bork. Judge Bork was a titan in the legal field. He was a partner at a prestigious law firm, a professor at Yale Law School, Solicitor General of the United States, an accomplished author of several legal books, and a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. But those of us who knew him personally knew that he was a wonderful person above all else.

    His death is not just a deep loss to the legal and conservative communities, but also a profound loss to everyone who came to know him as a human being.

    My own sympathies and those of The Heritage Foundation go out to his family.

    Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, chairman of Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, served with Bork in the Reagan administration. He said the former judge leaves a lasting legacy:

    Judge Robert Bork was one of our nation’s greatest legal minds and a distinguished champion of the Constitution. He leaves a lasting legacy of scholarly excellence and integrity as well as a record of dedicated service to our Country. In addition to his great accomplishments as a lawyer, law professor, and judge, he was an inspiration to countless law students and lawyers, who were privileged to learn from him.

    Bob was a good friend and mentor, whose memory we treasure. Ursula and I extend our deepest sympathy to his wonderful wife, Mary Ellen, and to his family.

    In 2008, Bork delivered the first-ever Joseph Story Lecture at Heritage about nominating and confirming judges who are guided by the originalist understanding of the principles of the Constitution.

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    8 Responses to Heritage Mourns Loss of Judge Bork

    1. Part 1: For 30 years I have labored in obscurity as a Black conservative intellectual. 24 years ago I attended Harvard for a year with Barack Obama (I have no distinct memory of him). During these emergent years Obama was reaching out to progressives, Marxists, communists, Post-structuralists, and socialist radicals while I was reaching out to Christian, neo-conservative and conservative politicians, academics and intellectuals like Pres. Reagan, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Scalia, Judge Richard A. Posner, Irving Kristol, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Bill Bennett, William F. Buckley, President Derek Bok, The Heritage Foundation, Judge Bork and many, many others to help my career. NOTHING!

    2. Part II: After numerous letters, law review articles and books I sent to this great conservative, I finally received an email from him in the late 1990s-early 2000s when he was a Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. I was shocked when Judge Bork rebuffed me and basically said that by calling him a Natural Law jurist that I had mischaracterized his jurisprudence worldview. I thought to myself: Did Judge Bork read his own bestselling books? They are filled with references to originalist jurisprudence, the original intent of the constitutional Framers, and to the moral and religious ideas (i.e., Judeo-Christianity, Natural Law, Common Law) they used to forge America's Republic integrating legality and morality.

    3. Part 3: In conclusion, we see how far a Marxist demagogue got with help from just a few key power liberals, progressives, socialists and radical allies during critical points in his life. America, just think how far I could have gotten if I had just a few egalitarian Democrats, a few Christian, conservative academics or conservative intellectuals answer my thousands of letters and emails begging them to notice my intellectual achievements I've sent out to these people over the past 30 years since becoming a conservative in Dec. 1982… Perhaps America we would never have heard of the name Barack Hussein Obama? See my biographical essay and spread enlightenment @ http://www.elliswashingtonreport.com/blog/2012/11….

    4. Leith N. Wood says:

      Very sad to hear of the death of Judge Bork. He is the kind of gentleman we need in these very upsetting times. Bless him and his family. We thank him for his courage and honesty.

    5. John N. says:

      What a great man! I remember his responses to some of the questions the senate had for him. All the responses were completely reasonable and probably greater than 70% of the people in country would agree. Yet that isn't what was reported by the media at that time. Then is when I realized how distorted the media can be. It was a tragedy he was so misrepresented. A loss for us all. May he rest in peace knowing he stood on the side of honor and truth.

    6. Ted Kennedy didn't define Bork he defined himself. America lost a potentially great justice but gained the most reprehensible leftist ideologue in the history of the senate.

    7. Pingback: Heritage lamenta la muerte de Robert Bork - Libertad.org

    8. Pingback: FRC Blog » Thank you and goodnight, Judge Bork

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