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CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 04, 1976
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(Studio) Supreme Court begins 1976 term and confronts problem of death penalty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Justice Lewis Powell had blocked all threatened executions for court to reconsider constitutionality of death penalty. Today court says it's constitutional and dissolved Powell's order, clearing way for electrocutions in Georgia, Florida and Texas. In Florida and Texas, legal snarls could prevent executions in near future, but Georgia law requirements mean state could have 1st execution in United States since 1967 in 4-8 weeks Court will take under consideration question of whether rapists can be punished by death penalty; at present only murder so punishable. Court requested to overturn or modify Miranda decision, which limits police authority to question suspected criminals.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred

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