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Most Memorable Moments From Past Supreme Court Confirmations

The Huffington Post   Jeremy Binckes   First Posted: 06/30/10 11:32 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:55 PM ET

With Elena Kagan in the midst of her third -- and perhaps final day -- in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, we're reminded of some of the more pivotal moments from past confirmation hearings.

From failed-nominee Robert Bork and his liberal foes (led by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy) to the Clarence Thomas hearings to the "wise Latina woman" phrase that grew out of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation process, these hearings have had their share of fireworks.

The Huffington Post has compiled some of the most memorable moments in Supreme Court confirmation history:

Sen. Ted Kennedy vs. Robert Bork
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Before 1987, Robert Bork was best known as the man who fired Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in the "Saturday Night Massacre." While a D.C. Circuit Judge, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork to replace Lewis Powell. Liberal groups came out against Bork's policies, including an advertisement narrated by Gregory Peck. No action did more damage than a speech by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D- Mass.), who came out firing against Bork under an hour into the hearings. The backlash led to the Senate rejecting Bork by a 58-42 margin, with 6 Republicans crossing the aisle.
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