NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 23, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court decision against Occupational Safety and Health Admin. safety inspections without search warrant and for Constitution's protection against unreasonable searches noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Background of case brought against government by Ferrol "Bill" Barlow, of Pocatello, ID, in refusing to allow surprise safety inspection of his bus. given. Support for Barlow's case by busmen. and ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) noted. [BARLOW - says he had nothing to hide, but next government will be inspecting homes for safety and then citizens are finished.] Details given of Supreme Court decision, written by Justice White. Dissent by Justice Stevens and 2 others noted. Response of Thomas Donahue, speaking for AFL-CIO president George Meany, reported [DONAHUE - thinks it possible that workers could be killed and injured as result of ruling because employers won't be as careful.] Senator George Hansen's leadership of American Conservative Union's Stop OSHA movement mentioned. [HANSEN - cites reaction to Court decision.] Possible effects of law outlined.
REPORTER: Carl Stern Artist: Betty Wells
(Studio) Problems encountered by OSHA since its beginning mentioned.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Background of OSHA and its problems given. Incidents mentioned include collapse of scaffolding in West Virginia and inspection of Billy Carter's gas station. Labor Secretary Ray Marshall's statement that agency would cut out petty complaints noted. [OSHA spokesperson Dr. Eula BINGHAM - responds to Court ruling.]
REPORTER: Tom Pettit
(Studio) Supreme Court decision that juries can only consider views of adults, not children, in obscenity cases reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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