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Fortas Nomination / Dirksen #199865

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 27, 1968
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(Studio) Seems likely now that for 1st time since 1795, Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee won't be confirmed.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Senator Everett Dirksen tells reporters he's neutral about Fortas; will vote against ending filibuster. Vote set for Tuesday at 1 p.m. Senator Philip Hart says disapptd. but not surprised. Senator Mike Mansfield says defection will hurt. Dirksen says his decision based on Witherspoon case in which Supreme Court said it was unconst. to exclude from jury duty those opposed to capital punishment. Because of decision, 24 facing death penalty in Illinois may appeal. 1 of those is Richard Speck, convicted of killing S student nurses. On Weds., Chief Justice of Illinois Court, Roy J. Salzenburg calls Dirksen office to let him know of Fortas vote in decision. Dirksen turnabout fatal to nomination.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Cronkite, Walter;
Mudd, Roger

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