National Affairs: Through the Revolving Door

A sense of constitutional history in the making pressed heavily on Federal District Judge David A. Pine. For four days he pored over transcripts, briefs and precedents; at night he slept fitfully. On the appointed afternoon last week, when his decision was ready for release, an impatient crowd of newsmen, lawyers and court hangers-on shoved into his clerk's office. While bailiffs shouted, "We'll do this orderly, we'll do this orderly," the newsmen snatched up the 500 mimeographed copies of Pine's ruling.

In his 4,500-word decision, Judge Pine had brusquely set aside the Truman...

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