But I've also long believed that in spite of those and many more qualms about the man, Robert Bork truly - as best he understood - adhered to the highest principles in respect to law and the Constitution.
And claims from petty politicians (like Ted Kennedy) aside, it must be agreed by all: Bork was a brilliant jurist in every sense.
Judge Robert H. Bork passed away this morning at the age of 85.
Thoughts and prayers going out to his family.
And I have to wonder today - as I have many times over the years - what the United States Supreme Court would have been like if Bork had been on the bench.