The Judiciary: From Pillory to Post

Frank Morrissey's closest cronies would not claim that he is a learned jurist or even a seasoned trial lawyer.

Nonetheless, argued Massachusetts' junior Senator last week, the Kennedy clan's longtime political trusty has a more substantial qualification for the federal bench in Boston. In Ted Kennedy's words, Frank is "absolutely in corruptible."

The subtle merits and elusive memo ries of Francis Xavier Morrissey, 55, were scrutinized for nine hours by Senate Judiciary Committee members, who then approved President Johnson's nominee for the $30,000-a-year lifetime judgeship (TIME, Oct. 8). There were, of course, turgid testimonials arranged by Morrissey's backers. Anticipating opposition in...

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