Los Angeles Times

5. An open book -- or video rental list

When conservative Robert Bork was nominated to the court in 1987, all aspects of his life were examined, even his video rentals. A leaked list of his videos included nothing sexually explicit and many classics, such as Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" and Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane." Among the surprises: Federico Fellini's "8½." Bork also rented "The Star Chamber," a film about a secret society imposing vigilante justice. Bork's nomination was rejected, but it left legacies such as the term "Borked," based on the nominee's rough treatment, as well as a federal law banning disclosure of video rentals.JOHN DURICKA, ASSOCIATED PRESS