ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 10, 1973
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(Studio) Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns. Agnew pleads "no contest" to income tax evasion charges. Sentence reviewed.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Studio) Agnew announces resignation to staff and sends official documents of resignation before leaving for court in Baltimore, Maryland.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Baltimore, Maryland) Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Vice President Agnew appear in court before press realizes full significance. Judge Walter Hoffman presides as Agnew enters plea. Richardson states government wouldn't recommend prison sentence for Agnew for tax evasion. Agnew admits giving state contracts to those making campaign contributions. Agnew denies any assertion of illegal acts except tax evasion. [Outside ctroom. AGNEW - explains reasons behind resignation decision. To make public address to nation in few days.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) Despite blocking attempts by Agnew lawyers, all details of case to be filed with courts Evidence in case against Agnew outlined incling. govt witnesses I.H. Hammerman, Allen Green, Lester Matz.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher
(Studio) President and Vice President met to discuss resignation last night.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(White House) President' mood more relaxed. During day President already knew of resignation. [NIXON - kids with scientists with regard to political science.] Secretary State Henry Kissinger recs. formal resignation from Agnew. Mtgs. begin immediately between Congress leaders and President with regard to Vice President replacement. John Connally's name occurs frequently.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
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