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Supreme Court / Marshall Retirement / Today's Decisions #338945

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 27, 1991
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(Studio: Charles Kuralt) Report introduced.

(Supreme Court: Rita Braver) Announcement by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall that he will retire featured; various scenes shown from his career. [MARSHALL, wife Cecelia MARSHALL - comment.] [While acting as defense lawyer in Brown versus Board of Education school desegregation case, MARSHALL - says children have a right to a constitutional education.] [President Lyndon JOHNSON - praises Marshall.] [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Legal Defense Fund Ronald ELLIS, former law clerk Karen WILLIAMS, friend Kenneth CLARK - talk about Marshall.] [December 13, 1987, MARSHALL - says we are not free.] Report introduced.

(Supreme Court: Mark Phillips) Today's decisions that illustrate the court's conservatism reviewed; case of death sentences for Pervis Payne for murdering Charissee Christopher and her daughter and issue of whether the affect of that crime on family can be considered in sentencing recalled. [On April 11, surviving son's grandmother Mary ZVOLANEK - comments.] Majority opinion from Justice William Rehnquist quoted. [Attorney General Richard THORNBURGH - comments on victim's rights.] [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) David BRUCK - responds.] Court's decision in case of a first-time offender who was given a long sentence for cocaine possession cited. [Convict Ronald HARMELIN, prosecutor Richard THOMPSON - comment on case.] (Artist: Don Juhlin)

(Supreme Court: Rita Braver; Studio: Charles Kuralt) Potential battle over Marshall's successor discussed; names of Clarence Thomas and Edith Jones mentioned.

Braver, Rita;
Kuralt, Charles;
Phillips, Mark

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