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Supreme Court / Perry Death Penalty Case / O'Connor / Ethics #125262

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 12, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Supreme Court: Tim O'Brien) Ethical question raised by link between Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor and convicted murderer Michael Perry, who is sentenced to die in the Louisiana electric chair, featured; case, including Perry's plot to hunt down O'Connor, reviewed. [Security consultant Gavin de BECKER - explains why Perry pursued O'Connor and his clients, including pop star Olivia Newton-John.] O'Connor noted participating in last week's Supreme Court hearings into Perry's case in which state wants to inject him with anti-psychotic drugs so he would be mentally competent to be executed. O'Connor's statement to ABC News and her letter to de Becker outlined on screen. [Legal ethics professor Paul ROTHSTEIN - says it would be wise for O'Connor not to participate in case.] (Artist: Carole Kabrin)

Jennings, Peter;
O'Brien, Tim

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