8/30/1967 TM1

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8/30/1967 TM1 - By STEVEN GERSTEli EQELi._ffiASH[NGION . (UPI)...
By STEVEN GERSTEli EQELi._ffiASH[NGION . (UPI) -^The [Senate today 'took up I fhe nomination of Thurgood l^Tar- shall to become-the first N^gro justice of the Supreme Court, \ Despite sprne southern opjiosi- tion, confirmation vvas- ceiftain. In recommendirfg that fte great-Ecandson of a Negro slave be confirmed. Sen. Philip Hart, D-Mich.', declared: "I suspect that the Senate has never .Had for consideration of appointment one whose qualifications so dramatically or impel- iliiKly established." Launching the opposition, Sen. Sam Ervin, D-N. C, charged that Marshall is "a judicial activist" who lacks "the cold neutrality pf an impartial judge." Marshall, who served as an anneals court judce before becoming solicitor general, was I nominated June 13 to succeed i Justice Tom C. Clark who. ] retired. I Ervin told the Senate: "Judge Marshall is by practice and philosophy a constitutional iconoclast and his elevation to the Supreme Court, at this • juncture of bur history would make it virtually certain that for years to come, if not forever, the American people will be ruled by the arbitrary notions of Supreme Court justices rather than by the precepts of the constitution." Ei-vin inserted in the record a statement by Sen. John • C. Stennis, D-lVIl^s., Who contended that Marshall "not only refuses to explain his philosophy but even denies the Senate . the right, through' its judiciary committee, to question him about it." ^'Despite the nominee's attempt to hide his views from the Senate, enough Is known of them to demand the strongest opix>sition to his confirmation," Stennis said. The 59-y oar-old Baltimore- bom jurist has—won Senate confirmation twice in the past for federal judicial posts. In 1962, after almost a year's wait, he wias finally confirmed as a judge of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But three j'ears later his appolntprient to U.S. Solicitor General the,post he now ftolds, was almost routinely handled. Before . President Kennedy named him to the Appeals Court, Marshall was one of the nation's leading civil 'rights lawyers, arguing 32 cases before the Supremt Court and winning 29. ^

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  1. Ukiah Daily Journal,
  2. 30 Aug 1967, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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