NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 12, 1975
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(Studio) Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, 77, resigns due to poor health. He suffered stroke December 31, 1974. Quotes from his resignation letter shown. Spent 36 years on court
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Studio) Douglas asked photographers not to photograph him getting into car. Douglas health details cited; always fought illness in past. Douglas knew he was link to court's past. He took part in 1/3 of all cases ever decided by Supreme Court
REPORTER: Carl Stern
(Studio) Possible successors include: Michigan Judge Cornelia Kennedy; US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Carla Hills; Senator Robert Griffin, and Solicitor General Robert Bork. Douglas absolutely believed in 1st amendment. He believed in limited government; that Const. intended to keep government off backs of people. In many ways, he was classic conservative.
REPORTER: John Chancellor; Carl Stern