Former federal judge Robert Bork dies
Robert Bork in 2005
December 19th, 2012
10:09 AM ET

Former federal judge Robert Bork dies

Conservative judge Robert Bork died early Wednesday at the age of 85 at his home in Virginia, two sources close to his family tell CNN today.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork as a Supreme Court justice, only to have the nomination fall apart in a contentious confirmation battle after left-leaning groups opposed Bork's conservative judicial philosophies.

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  1. TheMovieFan

    Rest in peace.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. scarf

    It wasn't Bork's conservative judicial philosphies that killed his nomination. It was his role as trigger-man in Watergate's "Saturday Night Massacre."

    December 19, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • ellid

      The man had a judicial philosophy that makes Antonin Scalia look like Earl Warren, and his recent pronunciamentos were worse than that. I'm sorry he's dead but very, very glad he never made it onto the Supreme Court.

      December 19, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • doctordanf

      Exactly right, scarf.

      December 19, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Katie

    My sympathies to the family. It's never easy to lose someone.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • CAW

      When the loved one is 87, the family should be prepared already.

      December 19, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Johan S

    I have no respect for so called conservative judges. Not after they supported the idea of torturing and punishing foreigners without even basic steps to ascertain if they are guilty or innocent.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gottlieb Schlittenfahrt

    Now he's a good conservative judge.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • bill.x

      any passed conservative judge is a good judge

      December 19, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Aezel

    I'm sick of the politically correct atmosphere where we give everyone "respect" no matter how they treated other people in life. Robert Bork by all accounts was a man who pretty much had no regard for the rights of other human beings. May he rot in hell if there is one, good riddance.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • El Irish

      Amen to that

      December 19, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Aezel

    I'm sick of the politically correct atmosphere where we give everyone "respect" no matter how they treated other people in life. Robert Bork by all accounts was a man who pretty much had no regard for the rights of other human beings. May he rot in heIl if there is one, good riddance.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    Some hateful comments. What a sad people we have become.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Vin

      No it's just no one cares about some nobody conservative. Part of the reason this country has regressed instead of progressed is from people like this

      December 19, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • oddjob3422

      Not sad. Absolutely pathetic. Reprehensible. Intolerant and hateful miscreants.

      December 19, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Death should not be celebrated

      But this guy's injected psuedo scientific economic theory into the judiciary. His way of thinking has done immeasurable damage to our country.

      That, being said, I have a tone more respect for Bork than I do for Scalia. Bork was at least consistent in his reasoning. Scalia is just a word-smith and sophist.

      December 19, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. John

    So what?

    December 19, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sparknut

    I didn't know that he was an adviser to Mitt.

    Makes me even happier that Mitt did not win if he selected an ancient, right wing, judicial extremist as an adviser.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. braxtonleo

    I'm saddened. Saddened that it is Robert Bork passing and not Antonin Scalia.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick Rierson

      very self exposing...hate

      December 19, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. bill.x

    Crewel to say – but true

    December 19, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • touche

      the word is spelled "cruel."

      December 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. n

    A bad judge who no one will remember. Gone with the wind.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Wonder what would have happened if he got the nomination insteaad of Scalia

      Next to Posner, Bork was, for better or worse (read worse) the most important judge of the last 40 years.

      December 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. "

    a tragic loss of a great man and a wise judge. It a sad day when all that can be said is nasty about a mans death. My prayers are with his family.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Not a wise judge

      A dangerous ideologue

      December 19, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. PerryW

    The posts from the left are mean vicious and cruel. Normal in other words.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
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