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Green Beret Case / Abrams / Middleton #205632

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 22, 1969
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(Studio) Report, on upcoming court-martial of 6 Green Berets.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Case to decide if killing enemy constitutes act of murder. Defense attys., incling, Edward Bennett Williams to arrive in Vietnam to help military defense attys. [Defense Attorney Captain Steven BERRY - says case to touch on many issues. There's a morale factor.] Major David Crew's attorney is Captain John Hart. [HART - says Berets were denied request to tell families about upcoming trial.] Attys. for 2 Berets not tried - Warrant Ofr. Edward Boyle, and sergeant Alvin Smith - say they've been offered immunity and will testify for prosecution. Rptd. General Creighton Abrams threatened to resign unless Berets tried and Pres, Nixon agreed, Abrams to be called on.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Studio) Abrams noncommittal about case.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saigon, South Vietnam) [ABRAMS - says not qualified in uniform code field. All of us function under uniform code of military justice.]
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(DC) Mrs. Thomas Middleton talks to Senator Ernest Hollings and Representative Thomas Gettys. [Mrs. MIDDLETON - wants husband's trial brought to US. They can't get fair trial in Vietnam. General Abrams seems to be instigator. Believed in system until Saturday He seems to be disillusioned and disgusted with Army.]
REPORTER: Steve Rowan

Reporter(s):
Kalb, Bernard;
Reasoner, Harry;
Rowan, Steve;
Shepard, Gary
Duration:
00:05:50

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