NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 12, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court hears arguments in reverse discrimination case involving Allan Bakke.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Report on Court hearing, include remarks of Bakke attorney Reynold Colvin, former Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, defending University of California Med. School at Davis, and of Justices Burger and Powell. [COX - thinks decision for California court, and Bakke, could cut and possibly destroy affirmative action programs.] [COLVIN - has never stated this is landmark case, but case of individual's rights denied. Thinks Court can affirm California court's decision and do so without making big changes in progress already made.] Decision must be announced before end of June, 1978, and may depend more on discussions among Justices than on anything argued here.
REPORTER: Carl Stern Artist: Betty Wells
(Studio) Question has arisen with Bakke case, wondering if it will be historical case, changing interpretation of United States Constitution; others that have are Dred Scott, Marbury versus Madison and Brown versus Board of Education.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Background on Bakke, who has kept privacy during process of his case's moving to Supreme Court He lives in California, has engineering degrees from U. of Minnesota and Stanford, served in Marines, after being in Reserve Officers' Training Corps in college, and was in Vietnam 7 mos. and grew up in Minnesota and Florida. Mother, Orene Bakke, lives in Miami, but refuses to be photographed. Bakke graduated from Coral Gables high school in Miami, where he was member of National Honor Society. He had high grades everywhere he went, yet about 12 medical schools rejected him, not just Davis; he spoke of suing several and could have sued 2 for age discrimination, as that's reason they gave for keeping him out.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit Unsigned sketches
(Studio) Amt. of public interest in case noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
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