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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Fortas, Abraham Known as "Abe.” 1910-1982. American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1965-1969) but resigned over a public controversy about his private finances.

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  • Attorney Abe Fortas, who represented Gideon and later became a Supreme Court justice, cited our work.

    The Good Fight

  • Johnson's nomination of Abe Fortas as chief justice failed amid election-year politics in the Senate and the first allegations of financial improprieties that eventually would drive Fortas from the bench.

    Justice Ginsburg not leaving court 'anytime soon'

  • Johnson's nomination of Associate Justice Abe Fortas as chief justice failed amid election-year politics in the Senate and the first allegations of financial improprieties that eventually would drive Fortas from the bench.

    Ruthless People

  • Warren's New York Times obituary reports that after Fortas's nomination failed, "Warren then announced that he would retire at the end of the Court's term in June, 1969."

    Ruthless People

  • Abe Fortas later a Supreme Court Justice, who suggested the tactic might not be illegal.

    Lessons for Obama From the First 'Occupy' Movement

  • Brandeis and Cardozo retired about the same time, one of them (I forget which) was replaced by Frankfurter, Frankfurter was replaced by Goldberg, and Goldberg was replaced by Fortas.

    Matthew Yglesias » Fallacies of Bestness

  • Fortas explained that the State Department had essentially extended its customary discretion over issuing passports, which was confirmed by a 1926 law, to control all international travel by Americans.

    A Covert Affair

  • Fortas, much in demand in those days, was already busy representing Owen Lattimore, who was the most visible of the China hands accused of being “pro-Red” and who had been singled out by McCarthy as “the top Russian espionage agent in the United States.”

    A Covert Affair

  • Once she had recovered from the initial shock, Jane consulted Abe Fortas, a prominent attorney with the influential New Deal firm of Arnold, Fortas & Porter, whom she had gotten to know during the war.

    A Covert Affair

  • Fortas referred her to another capable attorney, and Jane arranged to meet with him in Washington.

    A Covert Affair

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