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Judge Bork on Civil Rights

August 09, 1987

I am an admirer of Alan Dershowitz and was astounded to read his recent article "Ollie North in Judicial Robes," (Editorial Pages, July 29).

Dershowitz makes a self-righteous case that the appointment of Bork to the Supreme Court is merely a means of "advancing their (President Reagan and Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III) political goals."

It never occurs to Dershowitz that the opposition to Bork by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Dershowitz and others of liberal persuasion are trying to advance their own political goals by keeping Bork out. They have decided on their own litmus tests for a Supreme Court justice. They will ask each candidate their views on politically controversial topics, such as abortion, private sex and racial quotas. In Dershowitz's eyes these are not "political goals" . . . at least not if the candidate agrees with him. They are indicators (to him at least) of their acceptance as "qualified" in his eyes.

HAL FEDER

North Hollywood

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