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Judge Bork denied any animus and said he was happy commenting, writing and making money outside government. Even friends did not entirely believe that.

“He was very embittered by the experience,” said lawyer Andrew Frey, a longtime friend who worked for Judge Bork in the solicitor general’s office. “He was not well treated, and partly as a result of that, he did become more conservative.”

Mr. Sherman contributed to this article from Washington.