The Biography of Robert N.C. Nix, Jr.

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On the high court, Justice Nix developed a reputation as a voice for individual rights. A champion of the broader rights accorded by the state constitution, Justice Nix led the court to interpret the Pennsylvania Constitution to ensure more individual rights than the U.S. Constitution, especially in the areas of search and seizure and sovereign immunity. He was also an early voice against prosecutors using their power to exclude African Americans from juries. During his time on the Supreme Court, Nix was honored with 12 honorary doctorates and membership on the board of trustees of the American Inns of Court and many universities. Pope John Paul II inducted Nix as a Commander Knight in the Order of St. Gregory the Great.
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  • By Offie Wortham
    Jun 20, 2010
    This book is the result of ten years of research and interviews in Philadelphia and South Carolina. Many private interviews were taped with Judge Nix and friends of his father. Judge Nix was a wise man, and is quoted in the book as saying, "There was no one better acquainted with our lifestyle than ourselves. Our needs and demands can be improvised through another human but never really felt by another individual. We as a society lack understanding of one another, and in order to live in our so-called society we must adapt and have concern for everyone, Black and white alike. Our legal system was corrupt with racism; the Black man has little economic or legal powers. It was a true feeling of the candidate for the Supreme Court that if the Black population which was one tenth of our entire population would all pull together and support our Black candidates, if his record proves he's capable as well as deserving... Nix was the first African American to run for a seat on... More > Pennsylvania's high court. He was the first to join the court, and the first to become its chief justice. For that matter, he was the first black Pennsylvanian to win election to any statewide office, at a time when it was tough for any Democrat and any Philadelphian to do so. Judge Nix's tenure on Common Pleas Court was brief. By 1971, he was in the midst of a successful campaign for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.< Less
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TransCultural Awareness Institute
September 29, 2011
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