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Calley Case / Nixon / Reaction #215998

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 01, 1971
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(Studio) President Nixon orders Lieutenant William Calley released from stockade, pending outcome of conviction appeals.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) Nixon acts as telegrams, in support of Calley, surpass volume received by White House concerning Cambodia invasion; Calley remains under light guard with movement restricted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) 8 State Legis. intend passing resolutions for clemency for Calley.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Fort Benning, Georgia) [Juror Major Harvey BROWN - in response to reporter questions, says: public reaction bothersome; people not thinking, haven't scrutinized evidence as jurors have; Calley given every benefit of doubt; sentence harsh because My Lai massacre harsh; feels higher officers, with knowledge of My Lai, should be tried; telephone number changed after verdict, due to crank calls; Nixon torn between law and clemency; feels, if Calley paroled in 10 years, will have served sentence.]
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) Major Brown's military career summarized; Vice President Agnew criticizes persons making heroes of deserters and demanding punishment of erring GIs; Senator William Fulbright says questionable to single out 1 to bear responsibility for My Lai. Colonel Oran Henderson's pre-trial hearing to be held tomorrow on My Lai coverup incident.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan

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