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Kotouc Trial / Verdict #216458

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 29, 1971
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(Studio) Jury finds Captain Eugene Kotouc not guilty of maiming Vietnam prisoner.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Fort McPherson, Georgia) Kotouc admitted cutting off prisoner's finger, claimed accident. Judge instructed jury army regulations, at time of incident, could have led Kotouc to believe it legal to threaten violence to obtain information from prisoner. [KOTOUC - pleased to live in country with just judicial system; plans to stay in army.] [Prosecutor Major William ECKHARDT - believes verdict fair.]
REPORTER: Phil Jones Artist: Cal Warlick

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil

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