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

(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.

In this Aug. 23, 2000 file photo, Robert Bork speaks in Ann Arbor, Mich.
In this Aug. 23, 2000 file photo, Robert Bork speaks in Ann Arbor, Mich.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
In this Sept. 16, 1987, file photo, Senate Judiciary Chairman Joe Biden speaks with Sen. Edward Kennedy during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.
In this Sept. 16, 1987, file photo, Senate Judiciary Chairman Joe Biden speaks with Sen. Edward Kennedy during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.   (AP Photo/John Duricka, File)
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