CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 01, 1973
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(Studio) Gainesville 8, VVAW members accused of plotting violence at Democrat and Republican conventions, go on trial in Gainesville, Florida. Defendants insist charges brought by Nixon administration to overshadow Watergate affair. Jury selection for trial underway.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Gainesville, Florida) Defendants' supporters demonstrate against court-imposed gag rule to keep defendants from talking about case. Also demonstrate against 2 FBI agents found in closet beside defense attys.' conference room with telephone equipment. Agents say it was routine line check. [VVAW John MUSGRAVE - says judge has kept defendants from spking. out on trial, yet agents attempt to bug most confidential conversations.] Defense attys. ask Judge Winston Arnow to halt trial pending investigation into FBI reason for hiding in closet with bugging equipment. Arnow denies motion. [Defendant William PATTERSON - appeals to Senate Watergate committee for Congress intervention in Gainesville 8 trial. Believes executive and judicial branches of government against defendants.]
REPORTER: Ed Rabel Artist: Aggie Whelan
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