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Calley Trial / Verdict #215783

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 29, 1971
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(Studio) Lieutenant William Calley found guilty of premeditated murder of civilians at My Lai, South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Fort Benning, Georgia) Jury finds Calley guilty on 3 counts of premeditated murder, 1 of assault with intent to murder; ctroom. scene described. [Defense Attorney George LATIMER - thinks horrendous decision for US, Army and Calley; will appeal as high as can; same organization taught Calley to kill now finds him guilty of killing; civilian jury instead of military court should try Calley; verdict will make people turn against military service; GIs less inclined to obey orders.] [Chaplain Major Raymond CAULDER - thinks Calley didn't expect so severe verdict, expected to lose.] [1st Lieutenant Larry TRAGER - says if in combat situation now, would debate orders.] [2nd Lieutenant John COOK - says verdict will tarnish already poor army image.] Hung jury may still occur: jurors don't know penalties required by verdict; all 6 must agree for death penalty; 5 of 6 for life imprisonment.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton; Artist: Howard Brodie, Phil Jones

Cronkite, Walter;
Morton, Bruce

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