ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 22, 1978
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(Studio) Retirement announced by Senator James O. Eastland reported Eastland career recalled.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Eastland segregation stand recalled. His successor as chairperson Senator Judiciary Committee, Edward Kennedy, noted. [KENNEDY - comments on Eastland.] [EASTLAND - believes Kennedy will make good chairperson, though probably won't agree with him.] Challenge by other Democrats in Mississippi race said reason for Eastland's retirement. 1966 Mississippi film of racial upheaval shown. Film of 1954 Eastland speech shown. [EASTLAND - vows opposition to desegregation called for by Civil Rights bill.] Bypass of Eastland's Judiciary Committee by John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson in effort to pass civil rts. legislation recalled. January 1970 film shown. Eastland support of Clement Haynsworth and G. Harrold Carswell noms. to Supreme Court recalled. Warren Magnuson said to succeed Eastland as president professional tem. of Senator Rule of Capitol Hill by Southern chairwoman said weakened.
REPORTER: Bob Clark