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Douglas Resignation / Successor #34781

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 13, 1975
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(Studio) President Ford gets to pick successor for Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. Richard Nixon's appts. to court are: Chief Justice Warren Burger, conservative; Harry Blackmun, conservative but liberal with regard to civil rights; Lewis Powell, conservative; and William Rehnquist, hard-line conservative. William Brennan, liberal and Potter Stewart, liberal swing voter, named by Dwight D. Eisenhower. John F. Kennedy apptd. Byron White, conservative. Lyndon B. Johnson apptd. 1st black to court, Thurgood Marshall, liberal.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) If Ford has way, successor will be less liberal than Douglas and will be highly regarded by legal profession. Successor will be Republican, 40-50 years old, easily confirmable and woman. Ford, Attorney General Edward Levi and cnsl. Philip Buchen sent list to ABA. ABA, Congress and others encouraged to suggest names. Possibilities: Solicitor General Robert Bork; attorney and University of Chicago faculty mbr., Philip B. Kurland; US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Carla Hills; New York attorney Rita Hauser; federal appeals Judge Shirley Hufstedler, a Democrat
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow

(Studio) Justice Douglas talks of his decision to leave court
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Douglas up early for therapy and work at court [DOUGLAS - says like to be remembered as someone who made earth more beautiful. Didn't resign; retired because pain too great. Says successor is

Reporter(s):
Kaplow, Herbert;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:04:40

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