“A Ton of Bricks”

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

in Harry A. Blackmun

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195141238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851577 | DOI:
“A Ton of Bricks”

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Both John Sanborn and Warren Burger played no small part in how Harry Blackmun was to attain an appointment to the Eight Circuit. Warren Burger may have been the most appropriate choice to replace Earl Warren, since much of President Nixon's campaigns entailed attacks on Warren court rulings that seemed too liberal, promoted disrespect for law and order, and increased the incidences of violent crimes. Because he was impressed by Burger's stand regarding such issues, the president initially nominated Burger for the center seat at the Supreme Court. Soon after that, though, Blackmun was also nominated a seat at the Supreme Court. This chapter points out several views and interviews with officials and with Blackmun's family regarding Blackmun's nomination, and attention is also given to how the nominee possessed a close association with Chief Justice Burger.

Keywords: John Benjamin Sanborn; Warren Burger; Eighth Circuit; President Nixon; Supreme Court

Chapter.  10319 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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