Next in Line for the Nine

The second most powerful court in the country is the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. A testing ground for constitutional challenges to federal law, the D.C. Circuit is a potential farm club for the Supreme Court.

Robert Bork, Ronald Reagan's first appointment to the D.C. Circuit, is the favorite to fill the next opening on the Supreme Court during a Reagan presidency. As Solicitor General in the Nixon Administration, Bork came to public notice for firing Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox after Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned rather than...

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