Robert H. Bork, a superb legal scholar, principled public servant, fine judge, and important social critic—withal, a great American—died early this morning from heart complications. He was 84.

Robert Bork was a major public figure. Bob Bork was also a wonderful man. His scintillating wit masked a deep kindness, and his real compassion was hidden (sometimes pretty well-hidden!) behind a wry and acerbic persona. I consider it a personal honor both to have defended him publicly and to have known him privately.

We, and others, will have much more to say, here and elsewhere, about Bob. I write now merely to express sorrow at his passing and great admiration for his work and his life. May his memory be a blessing.

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