The Law: The Last Word

When William O. Douglas reluctantly retired from the U.S. Supreme Court 17 months ago at the age of 77, he was partly paralyzed from a stroke, in almost constant pain and seemingly unable to continue the mental exertion required on the high bench. Friends feared that the Justice, deprived of official duties, might soon die. Instead, Douglas is still working away in his court chambers, and the old conservationist has promised friends that he will make his first public reappearance next month at the official dedication of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National...

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