CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 28, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court decision in reverse discrimination case of Allan Bakke noted; ruling in favor of Bakke and also in favor of racial considerations in school admissions plans reported Court's 1954 school desegregation ruling mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Background of Bakke case against University of California Med. School at Davis given; photos and films shown. Bakke's challenge to school under 14th Amendment and 1964 Civil Rights Act detailed. Positions of Justices Burger, Stewart, Stevens, Rehnquist and Powell in favor of Bakke noted; Powell's opinion quoted. Dissents by Justices Marshall, Brennan, White and Blackmun reported Reactions stated. [Attorney General BELL - thinks this enhances affirmative action; notes President Carter has said he's pleased. Cites reasons for own favorable reaction to ruling.] [Yale University spokesperson Robert BORK - cites reaction to decision.] [Congress Black Caucus chairperson Parren MITCHELL - reports decision of black leaders, after talking together, against feeling that ruling means death of all affirmative action programs.] Details of ruling explained; potential effects examined.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Arthur Lien
(Studio) Assessment of ruling by constitutional law expert Philip Kurland, of U. of Chicago, rptd,; film shown. [KURLAND - says ruling has been overrated; explains reasons for this.] Bakke's background given; his present job with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in Palo Alto, California, and plans to begin medical school at Davis noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(San Francisco, California) Bakke's attempts to avoid news reporters described. Phone interview tape played. [BAKKE - is pleased with decision. Plans to go to medical school in fall.] [Bakke attorney Reynold COLVIN - says Bakke's experience with Davis' quota baffled client due to his logical mind.] [U. of California president David SAXON - discusses potential problems in admissions of minorities.] Anti-Bakke demonstration in San Francisco mentioned. News conference held by minority students at Davis campus reported [Liorens PEMBROOK- thinks decision is slap in face to minority students who worked to get where they are.]
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg
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