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(Studio) Respected political figure fights to stay out of jail.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Chicago, Illinois) United States appeals court judge Otto Kerner accused of bribery, perjury, mail fraud, conspiracy and income tax evasion. Kerner ex-gov. Illinois. Best known for 1968 report on racial tension which bears his name. Kerner charged with conspiring to buy race track stock at illegally reduced prices and then selling stock at large profit. Judge for trial, hand-picked by Supreme Court Chief Justice Burger, is Robert Taylor. Paul Connelly heads defense team. Connelly is partner of Edward Bennett Williams in DC law practice. Prosecutor is James Thompson. Trial expected to be long and bitter. 2 others indicted with Kerner dropped from trial after agreeing to testify for prosecution.
REPORTER: Bill Plante Artist: Marcia Danits
- Plante, Bill;
- Rather, Dan
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