WASHINGTON — In a hearing reminiscent of Robert H. Bork's confirmation testimony, a conservative California law school professor told senators today that he would follow Supreme Court precedent and not always his own feelings if he is approved for a federal judgeship.
Bernard Siegan, President Reagan's nominee for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, told the Senate Judiciary Committee he "will observe the law of the land" if confirmed.
"If a case comes where I can't observe the law of the land I would resign," Siegan said. "There are times I will rule contrary to my own feelings."
Siegan's views do not always parallel those of Bork, but he is just as controversial when writing on subjects such as civil rights, separation of church and state, and equal protection for women.