CNN Evening News for Saturday, Sep 03, 2005
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(Studio: Carol Lin) The death of Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist from complications of thyroid cancer reported.
(No location given: Bruce Morton) Rehnquist’s life & legal career reviewed; scenes & photos shown; details given of key cases, including the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton, the contested 2000 election. [Former White House aide John DEAN – comments on Rehnquist’s appointment to the Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon.] [In 1986, REHNQUIST – reacts to being confirmed as Chief Justice.] [At the closing of Clinton’s trial, REHNQUIST – expresses hope the participants’ paths will cross under happier circumstances.] NOTE: report stops abruptly.
(Studio: Carol Lin) Live telephone interview held with CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin about Rehnquist. [From Sherman, Connecticut, voice of TOOBIN – notes Rehnquist’s death was anticipated; comments on Rehnquist’s determination to return to work after his surgery; comments on his reputation as the “lone ranger” and his judicial legacy, including his position on Roe v. Wade and abortion rights; notes the opportunity for President Bush in filling 2 vacancies.]
(Studio: Carol Lin) Live telephone interview held with CNN Supreme Court producer Bill Mears†† about Rehnquist’s death. [From Washington, DC, MEARS – reviews Rehnquist’s recent health; talks about Rehnquist’s personality.]
(Studio: Carol Lin) Live telephone interview held with CNN correspondent John King on Rehnquist’s death. [Voice of KING – talks about Rehnquist’s appearance at Bush’s inauguration; notes the challenge for Bush & the possible political battle over the Supreme Court vacancies, including a replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; comments on the view that Rehnquist had not completed his work.]
(Studio: Carol Lin) Live telephone interview held with Dean about Rehnquist. [Voice of DEAN – offers personal memories of Rehnquist, including his penchant for practical joke; comments on his colleagues’ respect.]