Robert Bork, former Supreme Court nominee, dies

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

Robert Bork, former federal judge and Supreme Court nominee, has died, his family confirms to

Family members said Bork, 85, died early Wednesday morning. He had a history of heart problems and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung condition.

His funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

Bork was among the most polarizing figures in American law and conservative politics for more than four decades. When Bork was solicitor general in 1973, he fired Archibald Cox as a special prosecutor on the order of President Richard Nixon to help in the Watergate cover-up.

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