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Edited by: CQ Press

In: Congress and the Nation, 1985-1988, Vol. VII: The 99th and 100th Congresses

Chapter : Law and Justice

Edited by: CQ Press

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483302706.n13

Subject: Congress

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Law and Justice
Law and justice
Law and Law Enforcement
Introduction

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.

1985: Contention

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 ...

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