Memo: Dallin Oaks Was Considered for Supreme Court

Memo: Dallin Oaks Was Considered for Supreme Court

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Justice Department memo shows then-Utah Supreme Court Justice Dallin Oaks was screened in 1981 for possible nomination to the U-S Supreme Court.

Instead, the late President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor.

Memo: Dallin Oaks Was Considered for Supreme Court

The memo was written in September 1981 by Hank Habicht, a special assistant to the attorney general, and was reported Thursday by The Salt Lake Tribune.

The memo was released by the National Archives last week among thousands of pages relating to the Supreme Court nomination of John Roberts, who had been a lawyer at the White House involved in the process.

Oaks, a former Brigham Young University president, left the Utah Supreme Court in 1984 to become a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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