In December 2012 U.S. Judge Robert Bork died. He taught at Yale Law School. His students included Bill and Hilary Clinton. He was once the Solicitor General of the United States. He was a prolific writer and a forceful intellect. Even those who disagreed with him respected him.
President Reagan attempted to appoint Judge Bork to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Senate did NOT approve his nomination. The Senate judiciary committee (chaired by Senator Kennedy) orchestrated attack after attack (not Senator Kennedy’s finest moment) on Judge Bork’s personal views. It was not pretty.