RIP: Archibald Cox

by TChris

Archibald Cox died yesterday at the age of 92. His tenacious pursuit of Richard Nixon's political crimes resulted in the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre," a mass firing widely credited as the turning point in the public's willingness to tolerate Nixon's presidency.

Mr. Cox, a highly respected authority on constitutional and labor law who had taught at Harvard and Boston universities, also served President Kennedy as US solicitor general. To a generation of Americans, however, Mr. Cox, with his crew-cut hair, bushy eyebrows, and a lanky swinging gait became a symbol of the rule of law versus the personality of the presidency.

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