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Arthur Hellman Available for Comment on Impact of the Late Robert Bork’s Failed Supreme Court Nomination on Modern-Day Federal Judicial Confirmation Process

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December 20, 2012

Pitt Law Professor and Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair Arthur D. Hellman is available to comment on former District of Columbia Circuit Court Judge and U.S. Solicitor General Robert H. Bork’s failed bid in 1987 to become an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and its resulting impact on the modern-day process of nominating federal judges. Bork, a Pittsburgh native, passed away December 19 at the age of 85. “Extreme rhetoric, advocacy groups on both sides stirring up their followers, and the use of nomination fights as a proxy for fights over other issues—these are now familiar phenomena, but they were not in 1987,” Hellman said.

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