Nation: The Bitter Trial of G. Harrold Carswell

It's a relief. This has been an agonizing experience for me, my family and my friends.

COMING on the heels of his rejection by the Senate for elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge G. Harrold Carswell's statement could be seen as an attempt to mask his obvious disappointment. In fact, there is every reason to believe that the statement was sincere. For Carswell, as for Judge Clement Haynsworth Jr. before him —both men who were thrust from the relative obscurity of their positions into national prominence and scrutiny—the nomination fight was a bitter trial that affected lives, family and friends.

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