Nation: Toward Confirmation

Opposing his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, liberal members of the Senate Judiciary Committee embarrassed both Judge Clement Haynsworth Jr. and his sponsors when they charged the South Carolina jurist with conflict of interest. Their disclosures about his business connections and stock purchases raised serious questions about Haynsworth's judicial ethics, shook the confidence of his supporters and gave his opponents an unexpected advantage in their fight to prevent his confirmation. But as hearings on Haynsworth's appointment concluded last week, it became obvious that the liberal advantage had been only temporary.

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