ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 12, 1975
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(Studio) Justice William O. Douglas resigns.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Douglas approved for Supreme Court in March of 1939. At 41, he was apptd. to Securities and Exchange Commission by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and then to Court Charles Evans Hughes, Felix Frankfurter and Hugo Black served on his 1st court 33 years later, Chief Justice Warren Burger and others honor Douglas, 74, for having served on court longer than any current justice. Served 36 years in all. Criticized for liberalism and marrying 3 [sic] times; 3rd wife much younger. In 1970, House Republican leader Gerald Ford tried to have Douglas impeached, alleging Douglas tied to group with ties to organized crime. House subcommittee ruled no grounds for impeachment; Douglas resigns from foundation. He suffered stroke December 31, 1974, and was partially paralyzed. He returned for brief period to court He told Ford he couldn't shoulder his full part of load. Ford warm in his response. Conservative President will name successor to liberal justice.
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow
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