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Supreme Court / Burger Resignation #103083

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 17, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Resignation of Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger reported President Reagan's announcement noted of nomination of Justice William Rehnquist to replace Burger, and of Judge Antonin Scalia to serve in vacated place on court

(DC: Sam Donaldson) [REAGAN - comments.] Details given with regard to President's decisions on other positions. Burger's plans to devote time to Commission on Bicentennial of Constitution noted. [BURGER - comments on plans and responds to questions.] Role of White House chief of staff Donald Regan, Attorney General Edwin Meese and White House counsel Peter Wallison in search for court replacements. [MEESE - comments.] [REHNQUIST - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Tim O'Brien) Richard Nixon's nomination of Burger as Chief Justice and Burger's legacy to court recalled; details given, scenes shown. [NIXON - comments.] [BURGER - comments.] Background on Rehnquist described; details given, scenes shown. [American Enterprise Institution spokesperson Bruce FEIN - comments.] [REHNQUIST - comments about court]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Further background on Rehnquist noted. Preview of background report on Scalia given.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
O'Brien, Tim

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