The Senate: Fortas at the Bar

For congressional opponents of the Supreme Court, it was a moment of high satisfaction. Never before had a Chief Justice-designate been grilled by a Senate committee. Never before had there been so dramatic an opportunity to voice criticism of the Warren court. For Abe Fortas, the confrontation must have been an occasion of particular pain. After four days of hearings before James Eastland's Senate Judiciary Committee, it was plain that the most serious impediment to his confirmation as 15th Chief Justice of the United States may prove to be his friendship with...

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