ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 05, 1972
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(Studio) Jury unable to reach verdict in government conspiracy case against Rev. Philip Berrigan and 6 codefendants.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Berrigan found guilty of smuggling letters from Lewisburg Penitentiary. Sister Elizabeth McAlister convicted for smuggling letters in. Jury, however, could not agree on main charge of conspiracy, to kidnap President Aide Henry Kissinger, to blow up heating tunnels in DC, and to raid draft board offices. Court clerk Richard Bowen reads verdict. Judge River Dixon Herman dismisses jury. Some jury mbrs. could not believe testimony of FBI informer Boyd Douglas. Prosecutor William Lynch loses case prompted by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. 5 defendants (Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Scoblick, Reverend Neil McLaughlin, Reverend Joseph Winderoth, and Dr. Eqbal Ahmad) relieved of charges. Berrigan and Sister Elizabeth will appeal.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer Artist: Freda Reiter
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