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Crime Hearings and Sinatra #21536

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 18, 1972
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(Studio) House Crime Committee heard testimony earlier this year from underworld crime figure who linked name of entertainer Frank Sinatra with organized crime dealings in sports. Sinatra appears before committee
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Capitol Hill) Chairperson Claude Pepper and his Crime Committee look out over standing room only audience of Sinatra fans. Sinatra insists cameras be barred from hearing. Sinatra says to accuse him of association with Mafia is character assassination. Says he wouldn't know Raymond Patriarca, reputed Mafia boss, if he saw him. [Sinatra attorney Mickey RUDIN - outraged his client was questioned in public. Asks reporters if they are homosexual in analogy to point out falsity of hearsay accusations. Makes mistake of asking a homosexual if he's homosexual.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.

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