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Fortas Issue / Washington, DC Reaction / Legis. / Douglas #203847

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 05, 1969
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(Studio) Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas was in trouble with Congress over fee from American University "Life" discloses Fortas received $20,000 from Louis Wolfson Foundation and didn't return it for 11 mos. Wolfson in prison for stock manipulation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Republican Senators Jack Miller, John Williams, and Carl Curtis denounce Fortas' actions. Senator Strom Thurmond says Fortas should resign for good of court and country [THURMOND - says Congress composed of so many left-wing liberals that he won't be impeached. Never should have been apptd. May prefer to resign.] [MILLER - cites lecture fees Fortas received from American University and Wolfson fees. He violated judicial ethics and should resign.] Senator Philip Hart, who pushed for Fortas' appointed as Chief Justice, says disclosures made to order for court opponents. [HART - calls Fortas sensitive. Will resign if it'll serve Court best.] Senator Everett Dirksen sees no impeachable conduct. Senator Mike Mansfield says matter in hands of Justice Department
REPORTER: George Herman

(Studio) Williams introduces legislature to confiscate judges' fees, saying $60,000 salary enough. 3 Justices absent from court William O. Douglas making paid speech in Brazil, with expenses paid for him and wife.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Herman, George

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