Potter Stewart's Nomination to U.S. Supreme Court Confirmed by U.S. Senate

Potter Stewart's Nomination to U.S. Supreme Court Confirmed by U.S. Senate

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The U.S. Senate confirms Potter Stewart's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Stewart's nomination has been opposed by some southern Senators because one of the few constitutional decisions he made while on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals involved segregation.

The opposition of southern Senators failed to reach a critical mass, though, and in the end he is easily confirmed.

Potter Stewart's judicial philosophy and decisions will be difficult to characterize. He will be a moderate on a Court evenly divided between conservatives and liberals; thus, he will often be a swing vote, sometimes voting with conservatives and sometimes voting with liberals. He will sometimes vote in support of civil liberties but other times against. His record on such matters will be almost evenly split, just like the Court's is.

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