Failed Supreme Court Nominee Robert Bork Dies: RIP
Robert Bork, the former US solicitor general and failed Supreme Court nominee, has died aged 85.
His son said Bork had died on Wednesday from complications of heart ailments.
His 1987 nomination bid to the US high court resulted the first national political and lobbying offensive mounted against a judicial nominee.
Bork also presided over the firing of the special prosecutor investigating Watergate as President Richard Nixon’s acting attorney general.
An expert in anti-trust law, Bork later became a strong critic of liberal policies after the Supreme Court confirmation fight made him a hero to conservatives.