CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 13, 1968
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(Studio) Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey accuses Richard Nixon of making deal with Senator Strom Thurmond to block Abe Fortas' nomination. Senator Judiciary Committee meets.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) [THURMOND - says claim of deal with Nixon is false. Opposed to Fortas 3 years ago and now opposed to him as Chief Justice. Never speak of Fortas with Nixon.] Witness was Los Angeles, California., police sergeant who was prepared to show that Fortas rulings on obscenity had helped start pornographic boom. Dean American University Law School, B.J. Tennery, testifies Fortas was paid $15,000 to teach 1 night week summer seminar. Ex-Fortas law partner, Paul Porter, raised $30,000 for Fortas salary and student fees. Contributors were wealthy busmen., incling Ralph Lazarus, who once served with Fortas on Bd. of Federated Department Stores. [TENNERY - says highest fee to summer lecturer before Fortas was $2,500. Was extraordinary learning experience for 17 who attended.] Thurmond criticizes arrangements; said 5 donors exhibited sudden burst of generosity. Senator Philip Hart doubts testimony will change any votes. Committee to vote Tuesday Fortas won't re-appear.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
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