The effect of Woodward's and Armstrong's The brethren on the portrayal of Warren Burger

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Berkebile, Vee Ann
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June 23, 1969 marked the end of the Warren Court Era and the beginning of the Burger Court. Earl Warren had been appointed as Supreme Court Chief Justice by Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower had believed he was appointing a moderate. Earl Warren turned out to be a liberal. The Warren Court became unpopular due to its liberal decisions. Richard Nixon had made law and order campaign promises and upon becoming President he had Warren's resignation on his desk due to Johnson's unsuccessful attempt to gain Senate confirmation oft liberal for the Chief Justice position. Nixon set about to find a Chief Justice who had a previous conservative record. Warren E. Burger was Nixon's choice. Burger had been a Court of Appeals Judge in Washington.The early years of the Burger Court were characterized by more favorable public opinion than the Warren Court. Writings published since 1976 look at the Supreme Court, mainly the Burger Court, as no one has ever dared to before. With publication of The Brethren written by Woodward and Armstrong, serious questions have been raised. The writer will discuss the recent portrayal of Warren Burger and his court and the problems arising.