ABC Evening News for Sunday, Jun 25, 1989
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(DC: Tim O'Brien) Review of cases to be decided and already decided by Supreme Court featured. Supreme Court reported slated to decide who qualifies for death sentence; details given of case of retarded killer Johnny Penry. [PENRY - talks about perhaps being retarded.] [Trinity Cnty., Texas, district attorney Joe PRICE - says Penry is threat to society.] [Harvard law school professor Alan DERSHOWITZ - says execution of retarded is not deterrent, but vengeance.] Details given of issue of death penalty for juvenile defendants; cases of Heath Wilkins and Kevin Stanford cited as exs. Awaiting of Supreme Court decision in abortion case that may overrule Roe v. Wade noted; scenes shown of abortion protests in Washington, DC last Apr. [Planned Parenthood Federal of American's Faye WATTLETON - comments.] Case of Webster versus Reproductive Health Services coming from Missouri reviewed. [Sponsor of Missouri abortion law state representative James BARNES - says state taxpayers don't want abortion on demand.] [On "This Wk.", Robert BORK - says Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has written that court should not normally overrule decisions.] Last week's controversial decision supporting flag-burning as freedom of speech recalled; alignment of court outlined on screen; stmts. from Justice Antonin Scalia mentioned.