Nation: A Question of Ethics

The Senate has long exercised its right of advice and consent to question nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court on their qualifications and their opinions. Last week the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee broke some new ground as they opened their hearings on President Nixon's nomination of Judge Clement F. Haynsworth Jr. They raised a question of ethics.

As a Southerner and a strict constructionist, the South Carolina jurist expected opposition in his fight for Senate confirmation. Liberals and civil rights activists are upset by his go-slow attitude on integration, and union...

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