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Supreme Court / Confessions; Baseball #19809

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 20, 1972
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(Studio) Supreme Court to review 1966 "Miranda" decision, restricting use of confessions in criminal trials.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Supreme Court) Miranda decision led to reading of constitutional rights to any suspect, and presence of attorney if requested. No confession can be used in court unless these requirements have been fulfilled. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, prosecutors request review for 1963 multiple murder case wherein suspect confessed to murders but was declared unfit to stand trial until after Miranda decision had been handed down. Court also hears arguments on baseballs's reserve clause in suit filed by former Saint Louis, Missouri, Cardinal outfielder Curt Flood. Flood's attorney, former Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, argues reserve clause, tying player to team for life unless traded, is violation of 13th amendment against slavery and indentured servitude. Attys. for baseball Commissioner Bowie K. Kuhn and major league club owners argue reserve clause essential for competition.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson

Smith, Howard K.;
Tomlinson, Frank

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