ABC News' Ariane de Vogue Reports: In an interview with CBS's Katie Couric on "The Evening News" Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin could not cite a Supreme Court decision she thinks was wrongly decided besides Roe v. Wade.
In the interview, Palin refereed vaguely to the "great history of America" but neglects to mention some of the most historic decisions that have troubled many Americans.
A few example might be:
--Dred Scott v. Sanford 1857 which held that blacks--slaves or free--could not be or become U.S. citizens --Plessy v. Ferguson 1896 the court upheld racial segregation under the doctrine separate but equal --Korematsu v. United States 1944 upheld the internment orders for Americans of Japanese descent during World War II
The vice presidential candidate seemed to have forgotten that three months ago she criticized the courts ruling in Exxon Shipping v. Baker which gutted a damages award after the 1989 oil spill. At the time she released a statement saying,
"While the decision brings some degree of closure to Alaskans suffering from 19 years of litigation and delay, the Court gutted the jury’s decision on punitive damages."
Palin also failed to mention some cases recently decided which have troubled her running mate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. For instance last term, the court overturned a Louisiana law allowing the death penalty for someone who rapes but does not kill a child. McCain said the decision was "an assault on law enforcement efforts to punish these heinous felons."
And McCain called last term's Boumediene decision which found that detainees held in Guantanamo Bay had a constitutional right to challenge their detention in U.S. courts, "One of the worst decisions in the history of this country."
Palin did say she thinks there is an inherent right to privacy in the constitution, a notion that Chief Justice John Roberts shared in his confirmation hearing without commenting directly on Roe.
Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., who appeared on the Wednesday program in a separate interview, when asked which case he thought was wrongly decided, referred to but did not name United States v. Morrison in which the court overturned portions of the Violence Against Women Act, legislation that Biden had spearheaded.