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Journal Article

The Confirmation Process: Law or Politics?

Henry Paul Monaghan
Harvard Law Review
Vol. 101, No. 6 (Apr., 1988), pp. 1202-1212
DOI: 10.2307/1341492
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1341492
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I argued (and still believe) that Judge Robert Bork possessed surpassing qualifications for an appointment to the Supreme Court. Subsequently, I became persuaded that my submission was incomplete. Additional argument was necessary to establish that my testimony, if accepted, imposed a constitutional duty on senators to vote for confirmation. To my surprise, further reflection convinces me that no such argument is possible.

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