Justice Powell's Retirement (05:06)
Nina Totenberg was surprised by Lewis F. Powell, Jr.'s unexpected retirement, in good health and at age 80. Powell has been a moderate conservative and a critical deciding vote. She discusses his opinion on the Bakke Case on affirmative action.
Appointing Powell's Successor (05:03)
Paul Simon, D-Illinois discusses Powell's moderating abilities. He hopes President Reagan will consult the Senate and appoint a justice sensitive to civil liberties and equal justice. He urges Reagan to make a bipartisan decision.
Conservative Nominees (06:03)
Bruce Fein discusses Powell's centrist role in civil rights decisions and Reagan’s chance to implement a conservative social agenda by nominating a successor with similar values. Possible candidates include Thomas Sowell, Orrin Hatch, Robert Bork, Roger Miner, and Cliff Wallace.
An Empathetic Justice (04:42)
Professor Dick Howard expresses surprise at Powell's resignation; he speculates that Powell decided to leave before a presidential campaign year. He discusses Powell's compassion, open mindedness for social issues, and lack of agenda.
Senate Confirmation Role (03:20)
Totenberg says it is unusual for a justice not to notify the president immediately of their resignation. Fein argues that Reagan is not obligated to consult the Senate before nominating Powell's successor.
Political Considerations (04:24)
Howard and Totenberg disagree whether Antonin Scalia's confirmation was overpowered by William Rehnquist's controversial nomination. Fein argues that nominees for Powell's successor may incite a Senate "bloodbath." Simon will fight nominees insensitive to civil rights or liberties.
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