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Supreme Court / Marshall Retirement / Today's Decisions #581409

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 27, 1991
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Carl Stern) Announcement by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall that he will retire featured; details given of reasons why he is leaving. [MARSHALL - says we are not gaining ground in civil rights.] [On "PrimeTime", MARSHALL - talks about nomination of David Souter.] [Today, MARSHALL - answers press.] [President BUSH - cites qualifications for a successor.] [Attorney General Richard THORNBURGH - comments.] Contenders Edith Jones and Clarence Thomas named.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Bob Kur) Supreme Court ruling in capital punishment case in which Pervis Payne murdered Charissee Christopher and her daughter examined; issue of testimony about the victims noted. [Surviving son's grandmother Mary ZVOLANEK - comments on case.] Majority and minority opinions of Justices William Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens and Marshall on victim impact evidence quoted. [Victims' rights advocate Anne SEYMOUR - praises decision.] Ruling by court on life sentence for first-time offender convicted of cocaine possession detailed. [Convict Ronald HARMELIN - comments.] (Artist: Betty Wells)

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Two astute observers of the court interviewed. [Senator Orrin HATCH - talks about the direction of the Supreme Court as evidenced by today's two decisions; comments on Bush's selection of a new justice.] [Harvard University law professor Laurence TRIBE - talks about significance of Marshall's tenure to American law.] [HATCH - talks about Roe versus Wade abortion case and Marshall's place in history.]

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Kur, Bob;
Stern, Carl
Duration:
00:09:40

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