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Chapter : Law and Justice
For most of President Ronald Reagan's second term, the administration was at odds with Congress over a host of civil rights, law enforcement and other legal issues as well as a multitude of controversial judicial nominations.
Attorney General Edwin Meese III set the tone for the administration's relations with Congress in these areas. He held the post of attorney general for only three and a half years, but the record of the Reagan presidency on civil rights and other judicial matters is linked inextricably with Meese's Justice Department.
In the first year after his re-election, Reagan did battle with Congress over Meese himself, who was not confirmed until Feb. 23, 1985, after a 13-month fight.
Soon after Meese was confirmed ...