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Death Penalty #223675

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 29, 1972
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(Studio) Supreme Court rules death penalty unconstitutional.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Court votes 5 to 4 that death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment and is therefore unconstitutional. 4 Nixon appointees vote against decision. Court does not say death sentence illegal in all conceivable cases, but bans it in 600 known cases across mountain Inmates on many death rows rejoice.
REPORTER: George Herman

(Reidsville, Georgia) 2 of 3 test cases overturned by Supreme Court are from Georgia. [Lucious JACKSON, Junior - convicted rape, shocked and happy to learn of decision.] Georgia Lieutenant Governor Lester Maddox says it amounts to license for anarchy, rape, and murder.]
REPORTER: Bruce Hall

(DC) Supreme Court also rules reporters cannot withhold from grand juries info. about their sources of news. Rules aide to Senator Mike Gravel cam be compelled to testify about Sen's. publication of Pentagon Papers. Says Attorney General can bar known Communists from entering United States even if invited to lecture before reputable orgs. 4 Nixon appointees vote in conservative bloc. Democrat appointees Douglas, Brennan, Marshall often joined by Eisenhower appointee Stewart. White often decides which way court will go. Kennedy appointee, he is most valuable man on it.
REPORTER: George Herman

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Hall, Bruce;
Herman, George
Duration:
00:04:00

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