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Utah / Gilmore Execution Controversy #243715

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 09, 1976
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(Studio) 1 man on UT's death row says he wants no more reprieves.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Draper, UT) Case of Gary Mark Gilmore, who's trying to get execution carried out, noted. Gilmore had written Utah supreme court with regard to matter; despite Gilmore' wishes, court grants stay of execution request by attys.; says there are still legal issues to be decided. Utah attorney general-elect, Robert Hansen, says court exceeded authority in staying execution. [HANSEN - says Utah law violated by court ruling.] Court-appointed attys. for Gilmore say they'll stay with case despite Gilmore's firing them. [Attorney Craig SNYDER - says they're concerned with regard to Gilmore's emotional state and ability to reason rationally.] [Attorney Michael ESPLIN - says Gilmore's decision could be form of suicide.] [Prison chaplain Cline CAMPBELL - says Gilmore isn't suicidal, in his opinion.] Question in case with regard to suicide vs. right to have sentence carried out.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner

Cronkite, Walter;
Wagner, Richard

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