Nation: Four Big Decisions

High court rules on abortions, race quotas, open trials, safety rules

Sooner or later the most complex and explosive emotional issues in U.S. society come before the Supreme Court. Rarely, however, has the court handed down so many decisions of such importance as it did last week. In a mere three days at the end of its 1979-80 term, the court settled cases involving the angrily disputed questions of abortion, racial quotas, freedom of the press, and the right of federal regulators to impose heavy financial burdens on business in the interest of worker...

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