JUDICIARY: Wrath without Dignity

Fred Vinson had scarcely got news of his new appointment—as the "peacekeeping" Chief Justice—when a sample of the thing which confronts him blew up in his face.

All the way from Nurnberg, Justice Robert Jackson, on leave to prosecute Nazi war criminals, hurled an unseemly and unprecedented charge against his colleague Justice Hugo Black. Black had attacked him, he raged. Now that the Chief Justice appointment was settled, Mr. Justice Jackson was lashing right back.

"It is high time," he trumpeted, "that Congress has the facts. If war is declared on me I propose to wage it with the weapons of an...