Battle for soul of US Supreme Court

It began with a phone call. A week and a half ago, shortly before noon, Pamela Talkin rang the top lawyer in the White House, Harriet Miers.

9th July, 2005

It began with a phone call. A week and a half ago, shortly before noon, Pamela Talkin rang the top lawyer in the White House, Harriet Miers. Talkin, the head marshall of the US Supreme Court, wanted to make arrangements for a letter to be delivered by hand the following morning. She volunteered few other details.

The next day, Friday, Talkin called Miers around 9am. She had by then been authorised to say that the...

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