NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 09, 1991
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Capitol Hill: Andrea Mitchell) Clarence Thomas' impending Supreme Court confirmation hearings featured. [THOMAS - comments.] Thomas' promotion, led by former White House chief of staff Ken Duberstein, said to focus on his personal history rather than his judicial philosophy; scenes shown. [Thomas' mother Leola WILLIAMS, Senator John DANFORTH - comment.] [Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Ralph NEAS - says focusing on Thomas' personal history will lead to his confirmation.] Black and liberal community reported divided over Thomas' nomination. Thomas' controversial stand on natural laws mentioned. Thomas' confirmation predicted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Interview held with Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe about the Thomas hearings and the makeup of the Supreme Court. [TRIBE - discusses Thomas' views on natural laws, lopsided nature of the Supreme Court if Thomas is confirmed, youth of the conservative Supreme Court members.]