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Judge Bork on Civil Rights

August 09, 1987

David Savage's article (Aug. 2), reviewing the civil rights record of Judge Robert Bork, President Reagan's nominee to the United States Supreme Court, indicates serious doubts as to whether he should sit on that court.

Another major issue which should not be forgotten is Bork's role as solicitor general in the Nixon Administration. History records the salient feature of his career being the incident when he fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox on President Nixon's orders, apparently because Cox's investigation was coming uncomfortably close to Nixon. Does Bork's behavior at that time indicate that he has requisite respect for the rule of law to serve on a court which is, in the United States, the ultimate arbiter of what constitutes such rule of law?

JOHN P. TESCHKE

Long Beach

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