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Supreme Court Nominees / Rehnquist / Powell #213439

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 22, 1971
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(Studio) Speculated President Nixon and Attorney General John North Mitchell gave names of Judge Mildred L. Lillie and Arkansas attorney Herschel H. Friday to American Bar Association as smoke screen, covering up real nominees of Lewis F. Powell, Junior and William H. Rehnquist. Others deny charge.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Fight brewing over conservative Rehnquist. He has supported wiretaps and surveillance. [REHNQUIST - says honored by nomination; won't say more until hearings start.] Everybody congratulates Rehnquist.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher

(Phoenix, Arizona) Ex-colleagues in Arizona recall him as conservative and scholarly. [Ex-law partner James POWERS - calls Rehnquist personable and well liked. He's strict constructionist.] He made enemies with opposition to 1968 civil rights law. [Reverend George B. BROOKS - says Rehnquist racist; to ask local NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) President to help document claims against Rehnquist and get national NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) to oppose nomination.] Most Democrats praise his legal qualifications.
REPORTER: Bill Kurtis

(Studio) Powell, 64, interviewed at home.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Richmond, Virginia) [POWELL - says never considered being judge.] Powell is past American Bar Association President and conservative; practiced law in Virginia 40 years [POWELL - says feels misgivings about qualifications as judge; starts from scratch if confirmed; cites court's power and place in government as keystone of justice; considers self attorney; acknowledges allegiance to law and system.] [Mrs. POWELL - cites honor nomination brings.] In separate opinion for LBJ's National Crime Cmsn., Powell cited imbalance between rights of accused and citizens; wrote of shifting balance of military power and revolutionaries getting respectability.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Reporter(s):
Kurtis, Bill;
Morton, Bruce;
Mudd, Roger;
Schoumacher, David
Duration:
00:07:40

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