The Law: Considering the Alternatives

Who besides G. Harrold Carswell could Nixon have selected for the Supreme Court? This week's LIFE magazine presents nine "people the President could feel comfortable in picking if he widened his field beyond narrowly geographic or partisan considerations." Proposed by judges, scholars and bar officials, they have varying political attitudes. Most, however, are disposed to a less activist role for the court than was typical of the Warren years, and unlike Carswell, they would not be open to charges of racism and incompetence. Among the list's conspicuous omissions are Solicitor General Erwin Griswold (probably because of his age—65), Secretary of State...

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