He was a St. Paul boy from the East Side, the rough side, who got scholarshipped to Harvard, came back to Minnesota to practice law and landed on the Supreme Court at 61, an age when a man thinks about cutting back. He was a conservative who defended civil liberties and championed the poor and oppressed and authored Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal, for which he received reams of hate mail, much of which he read. He was a man possessed of integrity and kindness. Every day after lunch, JUSTICE HARRY BLACKMUN took a walk to clear his head....

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