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Campaign `72 / Republican Espionage-Barker #18343

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 01, 1972
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(Studio) In Miami, Watergate defendant Bernard Barker convicted of misusing notary public seal on Republican campaign check allegedly used to financial Watergate break-in.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Miami, Florida) Midwest financial director Nixon campaign, Kenneth Dahlberg, endorsed $25,000 check Barker notarized and cashed, but says he did not know Barker or how money was to be spent. Former Nixon campaign treasurer Hugh Sloan, says check was not treated as campaign contribution, but was entered in a separate record and accredited to several cmtes. to avoid federal government taxes. Assistant state attorney Goodhart's attempts to get at source of checks, net with objections from Henry Rothblatt, Barker's attorney State attorney Richard Gerstein says Barker tried to subvert American system. Judge Baker gives Barker a 60-day suspended sentence. [BARKER - affirms faith in American system of justice.] [GERSTEIN says case has stimulated other agencies to act.] Other Watergate trials come after election.
REPORTER: Charles Murphy

Murphy, Charles;
Smith, Howard K.

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