NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 12, 2000
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Supreme Court: Andrea Mitchell) Possible influences on the Supreme Court justices, which is still considering the case of Governor George W. Bush versus Vice President Al Gore examined; details given of the political debts of Clarence Thomas and others, the personal relationships and the issue of retirements and promotions. [Former Blackmun clerk Edward LAZARUS - says the Supreme Court is a political institution.] [In 1991, former President George BUSH; November 21, 1999, Governor GEORGE W. BUSH - talk about Thomas.] [On October 3, Vice President Al GORE - talks about Roe v. Wade.] [Former Souter clerk professor Heather GERKIN - says the justices' relationships with politically active people is not a conflict of interest.] [Former Thomas clerk professor John YOO - says personal affairs would have little effect.] [Former Kennedy clerk professor Michael DORF - talks about Justice Antonin Scalia's son.] [Former Stevens clerk Clifford SLOAN - comments on justice selections.]