CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 30, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court has recessed for summer.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Court's decisions this session have been based on theory, expressed by Justice William Powell, that courts shouldn't decide sensitive social questions because proper place for that in a democrat is the legislature. Conservative bent of Richard Nixon's appointees Burger, Rehnquist, Powell and Blackmun, moderate stand of Stewart, White and Stevens, and liberalism of Marshall and Brennan, of Earl Warren's era, noted. Court's major decisions noted; trend has caused debate with regard to whether court has abandoned proper role. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) legal director Bruce ENNIS - trend is disturbing; shows court's abdication as constitutional check on majority sentiment.] [Former solicitor general Robert BORK - says Constitution doesn't remove issues, upon which court ruled, from area of democrat government]
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Aggie Whelan
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