Robert Bork, Polarizing High Court Nominee, Dies
Famed conservative jurist died of heart complications
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2012 9:07 AM CST
In this Aug. 23, 2000 file photo, Robert Bork speaks in Ann Arbor, Mich.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – Robert Bork, the conservative judge whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court sparked a political brawl and ended in failure, died today of heart complications, reports Fox News. He was 85. Bork was a solicitor general who became acting attorney general under Richard Nixon during the height of the Watergate scandal. "He was, simply, a great jurist and an exceptional man," writes Andrew McCarthy at the National Review.

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HANKHILL
Dec 19, 2012 2:38 PM CST
rip
Telos
Dec 19, 2012 12:33 PM CST
RIP. Judge Bork was a good man.
Observer
Dec 19, 2012 12:09 PM CST
America is better today because Bork lost his bid to become a Supreme Court Justice. He was a right-wing radical that makes Scalia seem reasonable.