June 7, 2007 / 8:46 PM / 13 years ago

Judge Bork sues New York social club over fall

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rejected U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork sued an exclusive New York social club on Thursday for at least $1 million over injuries he suffered in a fall last year while trying to climb onto a dais.

Bork, 80, said the Yale Club in midtown Manhattan failed to provide a handrail or stairs leading to an unreasonably high dais and that he fell as he tried to mount it, hitting his leg on the side of the dais and his head on a heat register.

Bork had been invited to address a banquet room for an event sponsored by New Criterion magazine on June 6, 2006.

He suffered a hematoma on his left leg that later burst, requiring surgery, extended medical treatment and months of physical therapy, the suit says.

The injuries caused Bork “excruciating pain” and he still walks with a limp, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

The Yale Club, which was founded by and for Yale University alumni, declined to comment on the suit.

Bork was nominated to the high court by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1987 but was rejected by the Democratic-led Senate following debate over his conservative judicial philosophy.

Before then he was best known as a Justice Department official involved in the “Saturday night massacre” of the Watergate era, when President Richard Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire a special prosecutor who was investigating the White House.

The attorney general and his assistant resigned rather than carry out the order, leaving the task to Bork who agreed to do it.

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