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Powell Case / Supreme Court Decision / House #204066

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 16, 1969
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(Studio) Supreme Court rules House exceeded its authority in denying Adam Clayton Powell his seat.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Court says House can exclude elected representatives only on Const. grounds. Justice Potter Stewart dissents, saying case is moot, since Powell is now seated. Chief Justice Earl Warren's opinion reversed lower court opinion written by designated Chief Justice Warren Burger. Warren says Court final authority on interpreting law. [Representative Gerald FORD - says decision undermines fabric of federal government Predicts consequences.] [Rep Morris UDALL - says House won't defy court on back pay issue.] Representative Emanuel Celler says his select committee warned House that exclusion was unconst. House may decide Court's law not its own.
REPORTER: George Herman

Herman, George;
Reasoner, Harry

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