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Supreme Court / O'Connor #73046

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 07, 1981
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(Studio) Judge Sandra Day O'Connor said nomination by President Reagan to replace retired Justice Potter Stewart; if approved, O'Connor noted 1st woman to serve on Supreme Court
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(DC) [REAGAN - praises O'Connor; reacts to criticism of her position re: right-to-life.] Selection process involving Attorney General William French Smith, Senator Barry Goldwater outlined; others involved listed on screen. [SMITH - notes O'Connor's approach to the bench; comments on her stance on ERA and abortion.] Admin. said not consulting American Bar Association or waiting for FBI to complete its background checks before making announcement.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Phoenix, Arizona) O'Connor's response to nomination described. [O'CONNOR - promises to do the best possible.] Background and career examined; photos shown. William Rehnquist and Governor Bruce Babbitt incld. in report Criticism of her by anti-abortion groups discussed.
REPORTER: Royal Kennedy

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(DC) Senator Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for O'Connor discussed. [Senators Howard METZENBAUM, Robert DOLE - react to O'Connor's nomination.] [O'CONNOR - comments.] Review of cases in which O'Connor wrote the opinions outlined on screen, discussed. [National Right to Life Committee president Dr. J. C. WILLKE - criticizes O'Connor's nomination] Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell and political organizer Richard Viguerie said pledging campaign against O'Connor. [NOW president Eleanor SMEAL - praises nomination] Richard Nixon quoted on screen. [Gerald FORD, Justice Harry BLACKMUN - praise O'Connor's nomination] Justices Warren Burger and William Rehnquist said approving her nomination
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien, Artist: Freda Reiter (KBTV, KMBC films/tapes)

(Studio) Potter Stewart's reaction to O'Connor's nomination reported Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Donaldson, Sam;
Kennedy, Royal;
Koppel, Ted;
O'Brien,, Tim;
Robinson, Max

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