Statement on the
American Bar Association's Rating of Supreme Court Nominee Robert H. Bork
September 9, 1987
was especially pleased that the American Bar Association's Standing Committee
on Federal Judiciary today announced that it has voted to give Judge Robert H.
Bork the ABA's highest possible rating of fitness for Supreme Court nominees:
well qualified. The ABA describes this rating
as ``reserved for those who meet the highest standards of professional
competence, judicial temperament and integrity. The person in this category
must be among the best available for appointment to the Supreme Court.'' The ABA conferred its highest
rating on Judge Bork only after a careful and extensive investigation.
1982, when I nominated Judge Bork to the United States Court of Appeals for the
of Columbia, he likewise received the ABA's highest possible
rating. Judge Bork is widely regarded as one of the most qualified individuals
ever nominated to the Supreme Court, often compared to such great jurists as
Justices Holmes, Brandeis, Frankfurter, Black, and the man he is to replace --
Justice Lewis Powell. Given Judge Bork's qualifications, abilities, and this
endorsement from the ABA, I urge the Senate to
move quickly to confirm him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.