New Push to Put Blackmun Bust in Minn. Capitol

Created: 01/24/2013 10:19 AM By: Jennie Olson

An effort to honor former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun with a bust in the state Capitol of his native Minnesota has resurfaced.
The push from Democratic lawmakers is notable because such recognition got mired in abortion politics a dozen years ago. Blackmun wrote the majority opinion in the Roe vs. Wade case in 1973 that legalized abortion. A group that promotes anti-abortion legislation was successful in stopping the honor to Blackmun.
The bill introduced Thursday would place the bust outside the state Supreme Court chambers on the Capitol's second floor. It would be opposite one recognizing former Justice Warren Burger.
Blackmun and Burger were childhood friends in St. Paul. Blackmun also served as an in-house attorney for Rochester's Mayo Clinic before his ascension on the federal bench..

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