CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 17, 1972
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(Studio) Supreme Court to hear cases on constitutionality of death penalty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Supreme Court) Prof. Anthony Amsterdam, Stanford Univ. argues increasing rarity of death penalty indicates increasing repudiation by United States public. State attorneys reply that cruel and unusual punishment clause in constitution was never meant to apply to killing without unnecessary cruelty. [Georgia Assistant Attorney General, Mrs. Dorothy BEASLEY - speaks out for death penalty under due process of law.] [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) legal defense fund, Jack GREENBERG - says Supreme Court should act as discrimination against underprivileged is involved.]
REPORTER: George Herman
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