THE JUDICIARY: Quick, Harry, the Sheriff!

Harry Truman asked for advice and got it. He had just about made up his mind to raise one of the eight surviving members of the Supreme Court into the Chief Justiceship, vacant since the death of Harlan Fiske Stone (TIME, April 29). Then he conferred with former Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes and former Justice Owen Roberts.

Whatever it was they told him, it shook him. There were eight good reasons why none of the eight august survivors would altogether do.

The Court was beset by conflicts, personal and philosophic. The situation was not unprecedented, but Supreme...

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