CBS Evening News for
Tuesday, Dec 10, 1991


Headline: Supreme Court / Son of Sam Law

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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Supreme Court: Rita Braver) Supreme Court ruling striking down a New York law which allowed state seizure of a criminal's profits from books and films about their crimes featured. Admitted mobster Henry Hill's profits from the book "Wiseguys" and film "GoodFellas" mentioned; scenes of Hill, excerpt from the film, and scenes of the Supreme Court shown. [Motion Picture Association of America Jack VALENTI - comments on ruling.] Law recalled enacted to prevent serial killer David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz from cashing in; historical footage of Berkowitz shown. Movement by state to seize profits from Hill, Scarsdale diet doctor killer Jean Harris, and robber whose story became the movie "Dog Day Afternoon" noted; historical footage of Harris, excerpt from the movie shown. [Former chairman, New York City crime victims board Catherine ABATE - says ruling sends the wrong message to victims.]

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Program Time:05:50:10 pm - 05:51:50 pm. Duration: 01:40
Reporters:Braver, Rita; Rather, Dan
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Record Number:336338