Books May 2013
A review of Saving Justice: Watergate, the Saturday Night Massacre, and Other Adventures of a Solicitor General by Robert H. Bork.
Even among the most elite lawyers, to be named Solicitor General of the United States—the attorney responsible for representing the American people before the Supreme Court—would be a career’s pinnacle. So would be performing the duties of U.S. Attorney General, often described as the nation’s top law enforcement official and, historically, the president’s principal legal advisor. To play a leading role in cases of unprecedented significance—the criminal investigation of a president, the indictment of a vice president, the meddling of the federal courts in a hot war—would place a lawyer on the same airy par.
Now imagine a lawyer enmeshed in each of these critical roles, over a period of mere weeks, in a nation rupturing over the political and cultural upheaval of the early 1970s.
Actually, no need to imagine it. Robert H. Bork not only lived...
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