JUDICIARY: Due Process

In 1929 walrussy Chief Justice William Howard Taft, suspicious of President Herbert Hoover's intervals of liberalism, wrote:

"I am older and slower and less acute and more confused. However, as long as ... I am able to answer in my place, I must stay on the Court in order to prevent the Bolsheviki from getting control. . . . The only hope ... is for us to live as long as we can. . . ."

Two days after Franklin Roosevelt's third inauguration, James Clark McReynolds, who will be 79 on Feb. 3, resigned...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!