Law: Judges with Their Minds Right

The President pushes for conservative control of the bench

The advertisement begins: "Imagine if the Far Right had veto power over America's judges. They do." This salvo, from the liberal activist group People for the American Way, is aimed at President Reagan and his intensifying drive to create a staunchly conservative federal bench for America to remember him by. Liberals have good reason for concern. To date the Senate has approved 223 of Reagan's meticulously screened appointees, or roughly 29% of federal judges. By the end of his tenure he may top the 50% mark, not a surprising rate for a two-term President. But because of an expanded judiciary, he...

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