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Supreme Court / Blackmun Retirement / His Legacy #153566

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 06, 1994
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The retirement of 84-year-old Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun announced. [BLACKMUN - says it is time; reviews his experience.] [President CLINTON - praises Blackmun.]

(Supreme Court: Tim O'Brien) Blackmun's legacy in the Roe v. Wade abortion decision and capital punishment cases examined. [March 1993, BLACKMUN - reads hate letter.] [Today, BLACKMUN - defends Roe.] [Georgetown University law center Father Robert DRINAN - praises Blackmun.] [Recently, BLACKMUN - questions the death penalty.] [CLINTON - quotes from a Blackmun dissent.] [American Enterprise Institution Robert BORK - calls Blackmun a dangerous moral philosopher.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) Speculation about a successor to Blackmun featured. [National Abortion Rights Action League Kate MICHELMAN - praises Blackmun's commitment to the right to choose.] [CLINTON - backs the Roe. v. Wade decision.] [June 30, 1992, candidate CLINTON - comments on Supreme Court qualifications.] Four possible candidates named. [Interior Secretary Bruce BABBITT - comments.] [White House deputy chief of staff Harold ICKES - says Senator George Mitchell is needed to get the health care bill through.]

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

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