This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) Washington, DC federal appeals court reported agreeing with President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese regarding unconstitutionality of independent special prosecutors. Impact of ruling discussed; former White House aide Michael Deaver mentioned. Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Ruling's premise reported being constitutional separation of powers concept. Washington, DC court justices Laurence Silberman, Doug. Ginsburg and Stephen Williams' ruling quoted on screen. Ruling noted being pronounced during case of former Justice Department official Theodore Olson. Olson's role in 1983 Environmental Protection Agency scam mentioned being investigated by independent cncl. Alexia Morrison. Ruling's impact upon former White House aide Michael Deaver's conviction discussed. [DEAVER - says won't make any predictions.] [Deaver's attorney William GREENLAW - comments on independent cncl.] Deaver's prosecutor Whitney North Seymour quoted regarding Supreme Court action if necessary. Iran/Contra scandal council Lawrence Walsh's situation discussed. Indep. council James McKay mentioned continue to investigate Meese and prosecuting former White House aide Lyn Nofziger in Wedtech scandal. [McKAY - comments on ruling.] Nofziger mentioned planning to assert that some incriminating evidence gathered illegally. [NOFZIGER - says isn't displeased.] Congress's reactions discussed. President Richard Nixon's firing of Watergate independent cncl. Archibald Cox recalled; scenes shown. [Representative Patricia SCHROEDER - describes ruling.] Supreme Court noted ultimately deciding issue.
(Studio: Dan Rather; DC: Rita Braver) Ruling's impact upon other ongoing investigations discussed.
(Studio: Dan Rather; DC: Bill Plante) President Reagan's reaction to ruling detailed. President and Nancy Reagan mentioned hoping ruling will aid Deaver. Report introduced
(Studio: Dan Rather) Abortion controversy noted continuing; details given, scenes shown of Washington, DC anti-abortion march. Report introduced.
(DC: Deborah Potter) Abortion clinic operation featured. [Clinic manager Debra DELGADO - says gives good info.] Reagan administration reported publisher regulations prohibiting federally funded clinics from mentioning abortion. [Family Planning Association spokesperson Scott SWIRLING - condemns policy.] [Right to Life Committee spokesperson Kay JAMES - says abortion and family planning not same.] [Voice of REAGAN - explains policy to Washington, DC anti-abortion marchers.] State health departments and American Medical Association noted opposing policy. [American Medical Association Dr. Alan NELSON - says patients should have all information.] [JAMES - says abortion is taking life, not medical option.] Regulations' impact upon clinics discussed. [Planned Parenthood spokesperson Rosann WISMAN - says poor Americans will suffer.] Regulations' opponents quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Marion, UT: John Blackstone) Marion, Utah polygamist Addam Swapp reported continue siege; details given, scenes shown. [Dep. state safety commissioner Doug BODERO - says trying to use restraint.] Neighbors quoted. [NEIGHBOR - describes Swapp's provisions.] Morse code shown transmitting from house Swapp noted holding siege in same house as deceased father-in-law John Singer nine years ago; details given, scenes shown. Obsolete Mormon teaching of polygamy discussed. Swapp's belief that armed confrontation with police would resurrect Singer discussed. [Singer's son-in-law Roger BATES - explains Swapp's views.] Police strategies detailed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) John Lester, youth convicted in Howard Beach, New York, racial murder, reported being sentenced; details given, scenes shown. Lester quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) United States arms negotiators in Geneva, Switzerland, reported proposing to USSR that SDI/Star Wars testing proceed; details given, scenes shown. Long-range nuclear weapons decrease noted being hindered by SDI/Star Wars issue.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir reported coming to US to discuss Palestinian unrest with President Reagan. Report introduced.
(Nablus, Israel: Bob Simon) Israeli troops shown using water hoses to repel Palestinian demonstrators in Nablus, Israel. Jerusalem's Temple Mt. shown after Friday prayers; details given. Israeli troops reported imposing curfews on sections of Jerusalem. Ramallah business shown closing. Injured Palestinians shown. Israeli officers shown beating Palestinians. Israeli troops shown forcing Mercedes-Benz owner to park car, stand on car and beg Palestinians to stop throwing rocks.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Persian Gulf: Anthony Mason) Tanker carrying Iranian cargo reported being attacked by Iranian gunboats; details given, scenes shown. [Voice of US radio OPERATOR - jokes about Iran shooting own ft.] Iranian gunboats reported attacking Panamanian tanker Topaz. [Crew MBR. - describes damage.] French orders detailed. United States policy reviewed. Thrice-attacked Free Enterprise noted changing name to avert further damage.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Abdul Ghaffar Khan's mourners reported being bombed during funeral in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Khan noted aiding Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi's revolt against colonial rule in India. Afghan government noted blaming bombing on Moslem rebels; rebel leaders noted denying involvement.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Arizona Governor Evan Mecham reported pleading not guilty to criminal charges; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Presidential candidate Gary Hart reported admitting 1984 campaign contributions from California producer Stuart Karl appear illegal. Allegations' impact upon Hart campaign discussed. Cands. Richard Gephardt, Michael Dukakis and Paul Simon reported believing they have edge over Hart. Report introduced.
(Des Moines, Iowa: Bruce Morton) [Paul SIMON - denigrates Richard Gephardt's Congress voting record.] Details given of Simon's strategy. [Simon Iowa campaign spokesperson Pat MITCHELL - comments on Simon's chances.] Gephardt shown campaign in Texas. [Gephardt campaign manager William CARRICK - comments on Simon's tactics.] Michael Dukakis' television commercial shown. Dukakis' image problems mentioned. Senator Edward Kennedy shown endorsing Dukakis. President Jimmy Carter mentioned. Cand. Bruce Babbitt shown being endorsed by Representative Morris Udall. Babbitt's television commercial shown. Cand. Gary Hart's campaign featured; Hart quoted. [HART - jokes about Vice President George Bush picking up check.] Iowa campaign noted entering tier phase; details given, cands. listed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Cands. Jack Kemp and Pat Robertson's concerted effort to defeat Vice President George Bush in Michigan convs. recalled. Kemp reported severing ties with Robertson and making deal with Bush to split Republican delegate votes; Kemp's denial noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Shearson Lehman Brothers reported suspending computerized index trading. Stk. market crash mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Sarah Duchess of York reported being harassed by IRA supporter outside of NYC's Waldorf-Astoria hotel; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(NYC: Richard Roth) Sarah, Duchess of York shown attending "The Phantom of the Opera". New York City newspaper quoted. Scenes shown from musical; details given. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber discussed. [MCA Records spokesperson Thomas SHEPARD - praises Lloyd Webber.] Lloyd Webber's "Cats" and "Starlight Express" described; scenes shown. Critics quoted. [Theater critic John SIMON - comments on Lloyd Webber.] Playwright quoted. Liberace quoted. Scenes shown from Lloyd Webber's phenomenal "Evita". [SHEPARD - praises Lloyd Webber.] [LLOYD WEBBER - discusses musical theater.] "The Phantom of the Opera" mentioned being sold out for mos.