This Day in Jewish History 1982: A Flawed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Dies

Justice Abe Fortas was a brilliant and progressive lawyer who was unable to distance himself sufficiently from power or resist his own desires for financial gain.

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Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas died on April 5, 1982, at the age of 71. Fortas was the fifth Jew to serve on the court, and the only one of them to resign in scandal.