CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 26, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell reported retiring.
(DC: Robert Schakne) Pol. significance of Powell's decision noted; details given, scenes shown. [POWELL - explains decision; quotes son's advice.] Powell's history on court, to which he was named by President Richard Nixon, reviewed; scenes, photos shown. [New York law school dean James SIMON - notes Powell's importance on Court] His role in Supreme Court decisions on death penalty, preventive detention, affirmative action, abortion reviewed. [Former Powell law clerk John JEFFRIES - recalls Powell's centrist decisions.] His position on Bakke case mentioned. [POWELL - explains his approach to each case.] President Reagan's praise of Powell quoted. (Artist: Don Juhlin)
(DC: Rita Braver) Pol. importance of Reagan's selection of Powell's successor examined; details given, scenes shown. [Senator Arlen SPECTER - notes Powell has been the swing vote.] Top contenders said Senator Orrin Hatch and Judge Robert Bork; Bork's background, include firing Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, after which Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned in protest. Possible legal barrier to Hatch's nomination explained. Other cands. noted include chief of staff Howard Baker, Judges Richard Posner, Frank Easterbrook, Ralph Winter and Clifford Wallace. Liberals' concern for fate of abortion and civil rights cases cited. [Leadership Conf. on Civil Rights spokesperson Ralph NESS - fears civil rights gains for past 3 decades are at stake.] [National Abortion Rights League spokesperson Kate MICHELMAN -notes right to safe and legal abortion is jeopardized.] [Washington Legal Fndn. spokesperson Michael McDONALD - praises Reagan block's lasting impact in Supreme Court] [SPECTER -cites potential political battle over Powell's replacement.]