Over the past few days, I’ve been gathering information from old editions of the Journal of the Supreme Court (not to be confused with the Journal of the Supreme Court History). On page 252 of the journal for OT 1969, the Court recorded the following comments noting Justice Hugo Black’s 84th birthday:

This is certainly an unusual entry. Justice Black didn’t retire until almost 18 months later so I really have no idea why Justice Burger made this announcement on the day before his 84th birthday. Does anyone know more about this story?


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