Thirty-two years ago this month, one day after John Lennon was killed, the Senate confirmed Stephen Breyer to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Looking back, this 1980 vote on a future U.S. Supreme Court justice was remarkable and historic in its timing, speed and long-term consequences.
Unlikely lame-duck vote in 1980 still reverberates
The National Law Journal
December 19, 2012
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