Citizen Blackmun

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

in Harry A. Blackmun

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195141238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851577 | DOI:
Citizen Blackmun

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George Will, in his column “Justice Blackmun's Outburst” pointed out how Justice Blackmun was no longer able to separate his personal beliefs and emotions with constitutional reasoning as Blackmun had declared that he would become personally distressed if he had to sentence someone to the death penalty again. However, Blackmun took into account how such behavior could not be tolerated within the Supreme Court, and he was aware that he would be nearing his retirement as Clinton denied President Bush a second term of office. Contrary to what others would commonly believe regarding it being unlikely that Blackmun would retire any time soon, he followed his own schedule, and along with his move to relinquish the death penalty, he also announced his retirement plans.

Keywords: George Will; Justice Blackmun; Supreme Court; death penalty; retirement; President Bush; President Clinton

Chapter.  9477 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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