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Supreme Court / Indep. Cnsl. / Death Penalty / Chastity Law / Child Molestation #116474

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 29, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Tim O'Brien) Supreme Court decision on independent cnsls. based on issue of separation of powers explained; Justice William Rehnquist's opinion quoted. Response to decision by Reagan administration noted. [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - says Court differed with administration's legal arguments.] Impt. of decision on independent cnsl. law to possible legal appeals by Michael Deaver and Lyn Nofziger. Court reported making rulings involving young people in death penalty, chastity laws and child molesters cases. Court said setting aside death penalty for 15 year old William Wayne Thompson; scenes shown from "20/20". Upholding of chastity laws providing federal funding for religion groups that cnsl. young women to abstain from sex before marriage reported Court said making it more difficult to prosecute child molestation cases by reversing decision against John Avery Coy on grounds that defendant can confront accusers. [Harvard Law School Alan DERSHOWITZ - explains decision about sex offenders.] (Artist: Aggie Whelan Kenny)

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Civil rights decision involving discrimination by employers detailed. Supreme Court decision on union dues explained.

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
O'Brien, Tim
Duration:
00:03:40

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