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Supreme Court / Reverse Discrimination Suits / Bakke / Federal Immunity #499495

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 29, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court's ruling about affirmative action in hiring reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Bricklayers' tradition of foremen hiring men they know for construction jobs stated; resulting lawsuit by Chicago-area black bricklayers outlined. Supreme Court ruling, in opinion written by Justice Rehnquist, reported [Attorney Joel KAPLAN - says Court decision means that business knows better how to run business than do courts and also knows better what hiring practices are legitimate than do courts] Court's latest ruling examined in light of other similar rulings, include Bakke decision.
REPORTER: Carl Stern Unsigned sketches

(Studio) (Audio difficulty) Report is on case, now waiting for Supreme Court hearing, involving federal appropriations law for public bldgs. that requires percentage to go to minority contractors.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(NYC) Public Works Act of 1977 detailed, include provision supported by Representative Parren Mitchell that percentage of funds go to minority business [MITCHELL - says it's important to do this.] White contractors' chgs. of reverse discrimination reported [Bortunco Construction Company spokesperson Gilbert TURNER - feels it will eventually get to point that he can't bid on jobs because he's white Thinks this is reverse discrimination.] Calls for lawsuits against law at Texas meeting of Associated General Contractors noted. [Contractors spokesperson John ELLIS - says discrimination is unconstitutional.] Appeal of California case to Supreme Court mentioned.
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington

(Studio) Allan Bakke's guarded privacy during decision-making process with regard to his case recalled. Bakke's decision to break silence in wake of Supreme Court decision reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) Bakke's appearance without trying to hide from reporters described. [BAKKE - isn't thinking of commenting on case.] Films shown.
REPORTER: Bill Sternoff

(Studio) Supreme Court decision concerning degree of immunity federal officials have from lawsuits, in event of deliberate violations of constitutional rights of plaintiff, reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Harrington, Gerald;
Sternoff, Bill;
Stern Carl

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