Chapter

The Minnesota Twins

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

in Harry A. Blackmun

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195141238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141238.003.0006
The Minnesota Twins

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Blackmun knew that humility was a fundamental requirement for those who possessed high office, and he was also well aware of some aspects of Warren Burger's personality that may seem unappealing and rather distasteful. Burger seemed to be aggressive and domineering as he was unable to hold back from expressing his personal preferences within Court collegiality. Several comments have been articulated and also conveyed through certain publications regarding how some of Burger's colleagues seemed to have been dissatisfied with the attitude of the Court's new leader. Despite this, Burger and Blackmun still shared a certain closeness, and Burger perceived Blackmun to be an ally who shared the same ideals regarding various Court issues. This chapter also shows Blackmun's participation in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program and other social assistance programs, which exhibited his sensitivity to the concerns of the less fortunate. It also considers Blackmun and Burger's efforts concerning Cohen and other cases.

Keywords: Warren Burger; Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Court collegiality; social assistance programs; Cohen

Chapter.  14846 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Law

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