NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 01, 1984
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(Studio) Supreme Court reported letting stand Rhode Island decision overturning Claus von Bulow's attempted murder conviction; details given. Sunny von Bulow mentioned in coma since 1981.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Alabama, Michigan and Connecticut cases before Supreme Court dealing with separation of Church and State reviewed. Alabama suit brought by plaintiff Ishmael Jaffree and implications of court's ruling considered. [JAFFREE - explains opposition to pressure for moment of silence in public school.] Michigan case involving public school teachers' role in parochial schools, at expense of taxpayer, explained; role of Pro-Reagan religious groups and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in tilting Supreme Court toward pro-religion rulings noted. [American Enterprise Institution spokesperson Bruce FEIN - expects Supreme Court to endorse "local options."] [Americans United executive director Rev. Robert MADDOX - agrees.] Court's leaning toward accommodation of Church and State cited.
REPORTER: Carl Stern