The Supreme Court: Lawyer & Friend

In the heady early days of Franklin Roosevelt's Administration, two young Southern liberals came together in Washington and discovered the first bond of friendship. One went on to carve out a brilliant career in politics; the other rose to the top of the legal profession and successfully argued two landmark cases in U.S, criminal law.

Last week the politician of that pair, Lyndon Johnson, put the presidential seal on the friendship of 30 years by naming the lawyer, Abe Fortas, as his first appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Qualifications. Justice-designate Fortas, 55, has a remarkable set of qualifications for...

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