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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/9780195141238.003.0008
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While it can be observed that Justice Blackmun was not the most liberal justice of the Burger Court, he became more likely to consider claims regarding liberal civil liberties within the period between the late 1970s until 1986, when the Chief Justice's tenure ended. Although Justice Blackmun's support on civil liberties only amounted to 44 percent in the period between 1978 and 1980 and 54 percent between 1981 and 1985 — as compared to the support given by others such as Justice Brennan and Justice Marshall, among others — Blackmun has earned a reputation as a liberal icon because of his connection with the Roe v. Wade case. This chapter shows how, in line with his growing estrangement with the Chief Justice and because of his new reputation, Blackmun became increasingly involved with such cases such as that of the Nebraska gag order case.

Keywords: civil liberties; Justice Brennan; Justice Marshall; Nebraska gag order

Chapter.  15690 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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