ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 26, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court begins choosing cases it will hear this fall; one will be reverse discrimination case of Allan Bakke and claims with regard to rejection from University of California medical school. Another such case has resulted in court order to same school to allow white woman, Rita Clancy, to attend classes. Clancy had maintained she, too, was kept out of school by same policy.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Davis, California) [CLANCY - will only say that she's happy to be here and hopes it will be permanent stay.] Court ordered University of California at Davis to admit Clancy to medical school, pending October hearing. Her attorney had claimed her rights were violated by minority admissions program. [Attorney Merritt WEISINGER - feels client's rights were violated because school set aside 16 places for people of minority race; places should have been for persons educationally and/or economy disadvantaged.] Clancy came to United States 7 years ago from USSR with parents, who are Hungarian Jews and had spent time in concentration camps; on arrival, she was almost penniless. Husband, Patrick Clancy, took job with pay cut so that she could go to Davis school. [WEISINGER - feels client has earned way to Davis; notes that 7 years ago Clancy didn't speak any English, has now graduate from University of California at Los Angeles with high average and wants to become physician more than anything.] Clancy's presence here is opposed by groups like NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) , who say racial minorities are real disadvantaged and should be guaranteed these opportunities.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer
(Studio) Late today, United States circuit court in San Francisco upholds lower court order to school to admit Clancy.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
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