The Supreme Court: Approaching the Bench

There is, in candor, nothing in the quality of the nominee's work to warrant any expectation whatever that he could serve with distinction on the Supreme Court.

That broadside attack last week on G. Harrold Carswell was delivered by Law Professor William Van Alstyne of Duke University. In testimony before the same Senate Judiciary Committee last year, Van Alstyne, a noted expert on the court, had delighted Southern Senators by supporting the confirmation of Clement Haynsworth.

Carswell, a Tallahassee aristocrat who was appointed by President Nixon from the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

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