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Supreme Court / Kennedy Nom. #106360

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 11, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Nom. of judge Anthony Kennedy to Supreme Court by President Reagan reported [REAGAN - says Kennedy has been on shortest list of cands.] Failure to nomination judges Robert Bork and Doug. Ginsburg recalled. Kennedy noted recommended to Reagan by both Attorney General Edwin Meese and White House chief of staff Howard Baker. [REAGAN - says experience of last few mos. has made us wiser.] Chronology of investigation of Kennedy by administration, FBI and Reagan outlined on screen. [KENNEDY - says he's looking forward to scrutiny by Senator] Reagan's promises to conservatives recalled. [On October 13, REAGAN - says he will find candidate as objectionable to Senator as Bork.] [REAGAN - comments on October 13 remark; says Meese did not blow it in backing Ginsburg.] Confirmability of Kennedy discussed. Kennedy's statement that he has never smoked marijuana mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Kennedy's age and future as Supreme Court justice noted. Report introduced.

(DC: Tim O'Brien) Ideology and judicial craftsmanship of Kennedy and retired justice Lewis Powell reported; details given. [Harvard Law School Laurence TRIBE - discusses Kennedy's decisions.] Kennedy's positions on issues of comparable worth, law enforcement, gay rights and abortion detailed. [Washington Legal Fndn. spokesperson Dan. POPEO - says he doesn't want Mario Cuomo or Michael Dukakis picking next Supreme Court nominee.] Issues of affirmative action and abortion mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Congress response to Kennedy nomination reported [Republican SEN. - says Kennedy looks good.] [Senators Joseph BIDEN, Alan CRANSTON, Orrin HATCH - offer preliminary views on Kennedy.] Tentative opposition from civil rights group stated. [Ldrship. Conf. on Civil Rights Ralph NEAS - sees problems with Kennedy's decisions in civil rights areas.] Conservative Senator Jesse Helms noted encouraged by his talk with Kennedy.

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

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