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By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews, December 1, 2021

(Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews.com.)

After President Richard Nixon appointed then-Appellate Court Judge Harry Blackmun to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1970, Blackmun somehow convinced members of the U.S. Senate that he embraced judicial restraint and felt a duty to protect “little persons.”

When Blackmun’s nomination came up for a vote, Democratic Sen. John McClellan of Arkansas made the case for confirmation.

“He does not believe it is either the duty or the prerogative of the Court to change the historical interpretations of the Constitution so as to be tantamount to amending that great document by edicts and decree,” said McClellan. “For these basic principles of judicial integrity, I commend him and respect him.”

McClellan then quoted a statement Blackmun had made during the confirmation process about how important the Supreme Court was to “little persons.” …

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