Medicine: The Supreme Court and the A.B.A.

After Clement Haynsworth and G. Harrold Carswell were ignominiously rejected for the Supreme Court, the American Bar Association revived an old idea with new force. President Nixon might have avoided much of the trouble, it said, by letting the A.B. A.'s twelve-member Committee on the Federal Judiciary screen his nominees for the Supreme Court before he submitted their names to the Senate. After all, the committee has screened choices for lower federal courts since the Eisenhower Administration. Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson asked the committee to double-check their Supreme Court nominees as well—though usually only a day or so before announcing them.


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