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(Studio) Supreme Court ruling on case involving judicial immunity reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Court's decision in favor of judicial immunity, and resulting lack of defense for citizen before judge, outlined. Background of case involving Mrs. Ora McFarlin's receipt of court order for sterilization of daughter, Linda Kay Sparkman of Kendalville, IN, when daughter was teenager because of claims that daughter is retarded. Films shown. [Mrs. McFARLIN - did it to protect daughter.] Judge in McFarlin case was Harold Stump. [Mrs. SPARKMAN - never met judge, didn't know what was going on. Thought she went into hospital for appendectomy.] Lawsuit brought against Stump by Linda and husband, resulting in Supreme Court ruling in favor of judicial immunity, noted. Justice Stewart's dissent from Court decision quoted.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Howard Brodie
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Graham, Fred
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