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Justice Harry A. Blackmun [electronic resource]: Man of the Middle

This program provides an in-depth look at the late Supreme Court Justice who wrote the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, the case that granted women constitutional protection for abortion. Blackmun outlines a typical day in the Supreme Court, explains his own definition of what the court's role is in the life of Americans, and examines the issue of privacy, a word and concept not mentioned in the Constitution. In addition, Blackmun discusses the emotional and moral challenge of interpreting the Constitution today.
Online
1987
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Mr. Justice Brennan [electronic resource]

A visit with former Supreme Court justice William J. Brennan, Jr., who has been called America's "most unyielding defender of individual rights." Brennan served through seven presidencies and wrote close to 500 majority opinions. Time and again, he argued that the protection of individual freedom is found in judicial enforcement of constitutional rights. In the early 1960s, Brennan's arguments turned the country's political map upside down and changed, forever, the Court's role in political matters.
Online
1987
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Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [electronic resource]

In this candid interview with Bill Moyers, Sandra Day O'Connor discusses women's rights within the context of her role as the Supreme Court's first woman Justice, and the Constitution. Justice O'Connor reveals her own difficulties in breaking into the male-dominated legal profession, how she balanced work with family, and how her ultimate ascent from assistant attorney in the Arizona State Attorney's Office, to the state's first female senator, led to her Supreme Court appointment. Citing Constitutional precedents, O'Connor defends several controversial opinions on the issues of affirmative action and abortion.
Online
1900
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Justice Lewis F. Powell [electronic resource]

When Lewis Powell, Jr., was appointed to the Supreme Court, he appeared to be a true southern conservative. But once on the court, Powell proved to be his own man-hard to predict, bringing a complex mind to bear on complex issues-from affirmative action to the death penalty. In this program, Powell discusses a variety of issues including Watergate, the Constitution of the former Soviet Union, the death penalty, reverse discrimination, the working of the Court, and corporal punishment.
Online
1987