NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 21, 1985
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(Studio) Charles Fried thought confirmed by Senator this week as new Solicitor General
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Pol. and legal role of Solicitor General examined; allegations that President Reagan uses that office as his mouthpiece before Supreme Court discussed. [Wade McCREE, Erwin GRISWOLD, Archibald COX - are concerned over Reagan's manipulation of Solicitor General] Solicitor General office noted recently doing away with its traditional non-pol. stance with abortion and black voting rights cases before Supreme Court; details given. Senator Robert Dole recalled joining in brief claiming Solicitor's stand was wrong. [Harvard law professor Laurence TRIBE - feels Solicitor now representatives President and Attorney General Edwin Meese rather than court] [McCREE, COX - agree.] Bob Jones Univ. case reviewed as illustrating politicizing of Solicitor's office under Reagan administration [Former Solicitor General Rex LEE - thinks political pressure from White House is to be expected; explains.] [GRISWOLD - believes Reagan administration intervenes too much for good of the law or its own good.]
REPORTER: Carl Stern