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Calley Trial / Sentence / Reactions #215856

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 31, 1971
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(Studio) Jury sentences Lieutenant William Calley to life imprisonment.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Fort Benning, Georgia) Ctroom. scene described; Defense Attorney George Latimer requests sentence deferred pending appeal. Film shows Calley leaving cthse. [LATIMER - says Calley pleased to get lesser of 2 possible sentences, sentence severe. President Nixon can pardon Calley any time; won't see Nixon without invitation; intend appeal through Judicial System; doesn't think My Lai incident massacre; believes sentence reduced before appeals exhausted.] Film shows Calley and Latimer reading telegrams before sentencing. [LATIMER - reads telegram.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton Artist: Howard Brodie

(Studio) White House recs. many telegrams concerning Calley verdict.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) 16,000 telegrams to White House since verdict announced; 20,000 to Congmen; White House says most telegrams favor Calley.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Ret. General Lewis West Walt fought twice at My Lai; expresses reaction to verdict.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) [WALT - should have brought out and settled Calley case much earlier; had problem with men under command in Vietnam; must discipline man to deal with Vietnam combat situation, under tremendous tension.]
REPORTER: No reporter given (WBBM-TV film)

(Studio) Calley rally held in Columbus, Georgia.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Columbus, Georgia) 500 attend rally. [Reverend Michael LORD - says rally organized, doesn't need anymore crucifixions.] Columbus Western Union office recs. hundreds of telegrams supporting Calley.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil;
Morton, Bruce;
Schieffer, Bob

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