Courts: Those Kennedy Judges

It was no accident that John F. Kennedy appointed more federal judges than any other President. For years, congressional Democrats had refused to expand the overworked federal bench—saving for a Democratic Administration a bumper crop of 73 judicial nominations.

But all that judicial patronage was liberally sprinkled with problems.

Because they deal largely with the law of the state in which they sit, and they understandably reflect the dominant social patterns of that state, district judges are drawn from their own localities. The judges were approved by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, but he knew that all candidates, and especially those for...

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