Robert Bork, RIP

The Honorable Robert Bork died this morning at the age of 85. A former Yale Law Professor, he was a pioneering scholar of antitrust law and among the most prominent proponents of an originalist approach to constitutional interpretation. He also served as Solicitor General in the Nixon Administration and as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. His nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected by the Senate. I had my differences with his work, particularly his later writings (which lacked the intellectual rigor of his earlier work), but he was unquestionably one of the most important legal thinkers of his generation. The Washington Post has an obituary here.