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Calley Trial / Verdict Reactions #215831

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 30, 1971
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(Studio) United States opinion largely opposed to guilty verdict in Lieutenant William Calley trial.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Fort Benning, Georgia) Jury can choose only death penalty or life imprisonment in sentencing Calley, unless reconsider verdict* Defense Attorney George Latimer says Calley can make something of life, not if sentenced to death. Calley tells jury: never wantonly killed human being in entire life; if crime committed, in judging own troops lives to be more valuable than enemy's,. military never gave communism race, sex or age, just enemy; verdict stripped him of honor, asks no others stripped of theirs. Prosecutor Aubrey Daniel tells jury Calley's actions stripped him of honor; doesn't ask for death penalty, just appropriate sentence. Film shows crowd outside cthse. applauding as Calley leaves.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton Artist: Howard Brodie

(Studio) Captain Ernest Medina comments on Calley verdict.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Boston, Massachusetts) [MEDINA - says verdict harsh, severe; American citizens must share in guilty verdict since grant government power to draft men sent to Vietnam; doesn't think war crimes tribunal necessary, if individuals tried for isolated incidents on World War II standards, may be necessary to consider tribunal.] Medina's Attorney says Medina will resign from Army even if acquitted in own trial.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) GIs in Vietnam react to Calley verdict.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(South Vietnam) [Sp/5 John TREDANAY - feels verdict wrong; Calley found guilty for doing job.] [Sp/4 Michael CLUXTON - feels verdict unjust; Calley thought villagers enemy.] [1st Lieutenant Tom SHUGRUE - feels verdict just.]
REPORTER: Bruce Dunning

(Studio) 6 Congmen. challenge verdict, ask President Nixon to intervene; Illinois legislature considers resolution calling for Calley clemency; 5 Georgia Draft Bd. Mbrs. resign in protest of verdict; Columbus, Georgia, American Legion begins drive to raise money; get petition signed to appeal verdict. REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Dunning, Bruce;
Morton, Bruce;
Schieffer, Bob

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