In a private meeting at the White House on June 13, 1968, Earl Warren told Lyndon Johnson that after 15 years the time had come for him to leave the Supreme Court.

For the Chief Justice the issue was not health — at 77 he was as fit as a fiddle — but politics. The assassination eight days earlier of Robert F. Kennedy had wrapped up the Democratic nomination for Hubert Humphrey, and Warren believed the vice-president did not have a snowball’s chance of beating the Republican in the fall.

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