NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 22, 1989
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.
(DC: Jamie Gangel) Supreme Court reported ruling on child abuse case of Joshua DeShaney; details given of his treatment from father and resulting brain damage. [Mother Melody DeSHANEY - says Wisconsin social worker was aware of abuse.] DeShaney's attorney reported asserting that state officials should be held liable for child's condition Chief Justice William Rehnquist's decision and Justice Harry Blackmun's dissenting opinion quoted on screen. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) spokesperson John POWELL, Children's Defense Fund spokesperson Jim WEILL - comment on implications of ruling.] Supreme Court noted asserting that child abuse is not a constitutional issue. (Artist: Art Lien)
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