THE SUPREME COURT: An Echo Fades

"Time was," said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sherman ("Shay") Minton last week, "when they waited onan elderly Justice and told him he wasn't doing his work right. I don't want that to happen to me." So saying, Justice Minton, 65, tendered his resignation from the court, effective Oct, 15, for reasons of ill health, thereby terminating a career of 15 unremarkable years on federal benches and eight remarkable years in the brawling, bruising New Deal politics of his home state of Indiana and the Senate of the U.S.

Born poor in the southern Indiana hill country, Shay...

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