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Bork, Robert Heron

Born: 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 94 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Jurist, Lawyers

1927 – Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the 1st of March to Harry Philip Bork, a steel company purchasing agent, and Elisabeth, a schoolteacher. American lawyer and jurist.

         – He earned bachelors and law degrees from the University of Chicago.

1952 – He married Claire Davidson.

1953 – Bork received his law degree.

1954 – He began as a lawyer in private practice.

1962 – Bork accepted a position teaching antitrust and constitutional law at Yale University.

         – He developed his doctrine of "original intent and judicial restraint," which stated that courts can protect only the rights that are guaranteed in the Constitution.

1972 – He served as Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice.

1973 – Served as acting Attorney General of the United States.

         – Upon resignations of Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus rather than fire Archibald Cox as per Richard Nixon’s orders, fired Archibald Cox as Watergate special prosecutor in role as highest-ranking official remaining in Justice Department (Saturday Night Massacre).

1977-1981 – Bork returned and left Yale for private practice in Washington, D.C.

1982 – President Reagan appointed him to the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

1987 – Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court in July, his opponents ridiculed him as an arch-conservative who wanted to take away the rights and freedoms enjoyed by the political mainstream.

1988 – Bork resigned from the court of appeals and joined the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, a prominent Washington-based think tank.

1996 – Wrote "Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline".

2003 – He converted to Catholicism.