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(Studio) Supreme Court strikes down Oklahoma's mandatory death penalty law. Court rules that defendants may not appeal state convictions to federal courts solely on grounds of police illegally seizing evidence.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Burger court proved unpredictable. Court reduces federal powers in favor of states' rights. Court said federal government can't set minimum wage for state workers. Court overturned state regulations of abortions. Court set strict guidelines for death penalty. Court says personal papers can be subpoenaed for trial. Court reaffirms press role as watchdog. Re: civil rights. court rules no exclusions by private schools. Court limits judicial review of school plans. Court makes its decisions case by case.
REPORTER: David Garcia
- Garcia, David;
- Reasoner, Harry
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