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Supreme Court / O'Connor #278706

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 07, 1981
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(Studio) President Reagan reported noming. 1st woman to Supreme Court; timetable of ethnic Justices' appts. outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Reagan's appointed of Judge Sandra Day O'Connor examined. [REAGAN - announces her nomination] Opposition to O'Connor's nomination by anti-abortion groups noted. [REAGAN - is satisfied with her record on right-to-life issues.] [Attorney General William French SMITH - denies effort to focus on any one issue.] O'Connor's personal position on abortion mentioned; Justice William Rehnquist's support of her appointed noted. President's selection process outlined.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) O'Connor's judicial similarity with Potter Stewart mentioned; her career and background examined. Films shown. Details outlined on screen. [National Right to Life president Dr. J.C. WILLKE - opposes her appointed due to abortion issue.] [Richard VIGUERIE - thinks her position on ERA and abortion disqualifies her with conservatives.] [NOW president Eleanor SMEAL - praises O'Connor's appointed] [Former Supreme Court clerk Donna MURASKY - comments on Justices' anticipated response to female peer; mentions Lewis Powell.] Justice Byron White quoted on screen.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Opposition to O'Connor by Jerry Falwell and Moral Majority reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Memo on O'Connor from aide to Attorney General William French Smith shown, quoted on screen. [Senator Jesse HELMS - claims information President has about O'Connor differs from that he has.] [Senator Charles GRASSLEY - expresses skepticism about nomination] Apparent reaction of Senator Strom Thurmond and Edward Kennedy reported [Senator Alan CRANSTON, Dennis DeCONCINI, MAN - praise O'Connor.] Admin. said pressing for early confirmation; details given.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Phoenix, Arizona) [O'CONNOR - reacts to nomination.] O'Connor's background examined; photos shown. Justice William Rehnquist mentioned. [O'CONNOR - recalls difficulty in finding a job when beginning her law career.]
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

Reporter(s):
Graham, Fred;
Jones, Phil;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Shepard, Gary
Duration:
00:10:40

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