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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Tim O'Brien) Significance of Supreme Court's ruling on death penalty in suit filed by condemned Georgia inmate Warren McCleskey claiming death penalty's application is racially biased, examined; details given, scenes shown. McCleskey's murder of Frank Schlatt recalled. Related statistics outlined on screen. Justice Lewis Powell's major opinion quoted. [Georgia attorney general Michael BOWERS - praises ruling.] [McCleskey's attorney Jack BOGER - disagrees.] (Artist: Aggie Whelan Kenny)
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Country's recent history with death penalty outlined.
(No location given: Bill Blakemore) Importance of today's Supreme Court decision for death row inmates considered; scenes shown. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) spokesperson Henry SCHWARZSCHILD, PEOPLE - believe court is enforcing racism.] Racially-based statistics outlined on screen. [MAN - claims floodgates to proceed with executions have been opened.] [Washington Legal Fndn. spokesperson Daniel POPEO - supports death penalty.] [Representative John CONYERS - calls for Congress action.]
- Blakemore, Bill;
- Jennings, Peter;
- O'Brien, Tim
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