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Douglas Resigns / Successors #237637

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 12, 1975
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(Studio) Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas resigns; been on court 36 years
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) White House cnsl. Philip Buchen gave letter of resignation to President Ford. Letter shown. He resigns due to pain resulting from stroke. Ford's letter to Douglas shown. No hint or reference to the fact that Representative Gerald Ford once tried to impeach justice. Not known who Ford will pick to succeed Douglas.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Report on Douglas' key role on court and possible successors.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Sacramento, California) Resignation removes most liberal and intellectual member of court Douglas strong voice for freedom of speech and press and right to dissent. Richard Nixon's 4 conservative appts. often agreed with other conservative holdovers against Douglas. Court has held number of cases in limbo since Douglas vote would decide case. Possible successors: HUD Secretary Carla Hills; federal district judge Cornelia Kennedy; Senator Robert Griffin; Attorney General Edward Levi and Solicitor General, Robert H. Bork. Not all of these are conservatives.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred;
Schieffer, Bob

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