CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 30, 1976
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(Studio) Utah brd. of pardons grants request of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore to let death sentence stand; legal battles may not be over.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Draper, UT) Gilmore's appearance broadcast live in Utah over radio and TV; prisoner's opening statement is appeal to let him die. [GILMORE - says he accepted sentence as given and took it seriously; now people seem to be backing off on death sentence as it becomes reality. Quotes Shakespeare. Says he wants sentence carried out.] Gilmore says he wishes those who come to plead against capital punishment would leave case alone, but brd. hears some witnesses arguing point include representatives of ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and Socialist Workers' party Brd. then goes into executive session and returns with decision. [Chairperson Judge George LATIMER - reads legal statement saying by maj. vote of brd., i.e., self and Thomas Harrison, sentence will stand.] Several will file appeals with regard to case saying Gilmore's execution will jeopardize own clients' rights with regard to death penalty, so time of execution won't be certain, until legal battles settled.
REPORTER: Murray Fromson
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