The Nation: Helping Hand

In 1970 Gerald Ford, then the Republican leader in the House of Representatives, waged a brief but bitter campaign to impeach Supreme Court Associate Justice William O. Douglas.

Ford, whose views clashed with the liberal stands of Douglas, charged that the conduct of the Justice off the bench merited his dismissal. Last week, while vacationing in the Bahamas, Douglas, 76, suffered a stroke. The man who immediately arranged for a Government jet to fly Douglas' doctor to the Justice's side was the President. Later, Ford sent a plane to bring Douglas, his wife and the physician back to Washington. The President...

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