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Calley Trial #14880

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 30, 1971
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(Studio) Jury decides between life imprisonment or death penalty in Lieutenant William Calley trial.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Fort Benning, Georgia) Defense Attorney George Latimer tells jury Calley killed because his mission. Calley tells jury: if crime committed, in judgment of values, placing more value in lives of own troops than enemy; says mil. never gave Communism race, sex or age, just enemy; says verdict stripped him of honor; asks no others be stripped of theirs. Prosecutor Aubrey Daniel tells jury Calley's actions stripped him of honor; doesn't ask for death penalty. All 6 jurors must agree for death penalty; 5 of 6 for life imprisonment; otherwise jury may change verdict to lesser offense.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson; Artist: David Smiton

(Studio) 2 years ago GI convicted of premeditated murder. Jury learned only sentences death or life imprisonment; changed verdict to involuntary manslaughter; sentence, 6 mos. in prison.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Peterson, Roger;
Smith, Howard K.

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