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Fortas Issue / Washington, DC Reaction #5500

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 05, 1969
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(Studio) Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas controversial. Was in center of Walter Jenkins trouble on eve of 1964 election; advised former President Lyndon Johnson to go into Vietnam; and nomination for Chief Justice caused so much trouble it was withdrawn. Life reports Fortas accepted $20,000 from Louis Wolfson, now in jail for stock manipulation. He returned fee, but in controversy again.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Fortas issues statement that in 1966 the Wolfson Foundation gave Fortas a fee, but he returned it. Life says 11 mos. after Wolfson indicted. Fortas says no favors asked or given. Justice William O. Douglas also accepts fees. Congress considers questionable relations between Fortas and Wolfson.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) [Senator Strom THURMOND - says Fortas should resign and shouldn't have been apptd. to Supreme Court] [Senator Jack MILLER - says for good of legal institution he should resign.] Sen Philip Hart led unsuccessful fight to have Fortas apptd. Chief Justice. [HART - says don't urge Fortas in either direction.] Most Congmen think Fortas violated ethical standards.
REPORTER: Bob Clark

(DC) Some friends call for resignation for good of Court Believed Fortas showed insensitivity to high moral standards of Court Some say he takes fees because he needs money. Gets $60,000 and Mrs. Fortas has profitable tax law practice.
REPORTER: Bill Lawrence

(Studio) Justice Department to study Life charges.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Reporter(s):
Clark, Bob;
Donaldson, Sam;
Lawrence, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.
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00:04:20

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