Character & fitness: George Anastaplo – Loyola Law Prof Dies at 88

OTHERWISE: Character & fitness: George Anastaplo – Loyola Law Prof Dies at 88.

George Anastaplo has died aged 88. The political philosopher and Loyola Chicago law professor as a young man defied the Illinois State Bar which refused to admit him because he refused to say if he was a Communist or not. He appealed – all the way to the Supreme Court which upheld the denial in a 1961 opinion by Justice John Marshal Harlan.
In dissent Associate Justice Hugo Black observed ” he had discontinued his education at the age of eighteen, and joined the Air Force during the middle of World War II — flying as a navigator in every major theater of the military operations of that war. Upon receiving an honorable discharge in 1947, he had come to Chicago and resumed his education, obtaining his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and entering immediately into the study of law at the University of Chicago Law School. His record throughout his life, both as a student and as a citizen, was unblemished.”

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