ERIC Number: ED310445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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Reagan Judges: Communication Law at Risk?
Kostyu, Paul E.
A study examined the record of President Ronald Reagan's appointees of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals as regards decisions on communication law. One hundred thirty-nine cases--obtained by examining the civil liberties, libel, obscenity, privacy, records, and telecommunications entries of the volume indexes of the Federal Reporter, second series, beginning with volume 667 (where Judge Robert Bork's opinions first appeared) through 854 (the most recent)--were coded and analyzed. Data revealed that: (1) parties invoking freedom of expression issues won 62 of the 139 cases during the 8 years after the appointment of Bork, Reagan's first appointee; (2) in 122 opportunities for Reagan judges to vote on expression issues they voted for expression 36.8% of the time, while the Democratic appointees favored expression 55.0% of the time; and (3) of the eight Reagan judges only two demonstrated a moderate image in expression cases. Findings support those of previous studies which suggested that appointees of Democratic presidents were comparatively more liberal than those chosen by Republican chief executives. (Four tables of data and 35 notes are included.) (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia