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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) President Reagan's impact on federal court system and potential impact on Supreme Court specifically examined; films, photos shown. [White House cnsl. Fred FIELDING - believes President `s court appts. his most important legacy.] No. federal judgeships already filled by Reagan and probable number he will fill before term ends graphed on screen, discussed. Socioeconomic status of average federal judge outlined. [Pol. scientist Sheldon GOLDMAN - predicts bench's philosophical profile.] [Center for Judicial Studies spokesperson Craig STERN - describes center's findings on judges' rulings in accordance with Reaganism.] Rulings of federal judges on gay rights and FBI surveillance of pol. dissenters cited as exs. [Attorney Douglass CASSEL - fears federal courts becoming place of "no resort" for civil rights claimants.] [Justice William REHNQUIST - thinks courts reflect public opinion.]
REPORTER: Carl Stern
- Brokaw, Tom;
- Stern, Carl
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