Advise and Dissent

The verdict on Robert Bork could change the course of U.S. law

The inquiry promises to be a grand piece of political theater, with enough ( ideological conflicts, impassioned players and historic resonance to make it a worthy sequel to this summer's Iran-contra civics lesson. But the hearings into the nomination of Robert Bork as the nation's 104th Supreme Court Justice offer something more. At issue on the 200th birthday of the Constitution will be the most fundamental questions at the heart of that document and in the soul of the nation it constituted: What inalienable rights -- ranging from free speech to equal justice to personal privacy -- are guaranteed to citizens...

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