CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 10, 1976
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(Studio) In Westchester Cnty., New York, jury returns not guilty verdict in case of kidnapping of Seagram's whiskey heir Samuel Bronfman, after 1 of alleged kidnappers testified Bronfman was in on scheme to get money from father. 2 Brooklyn, New York, men, Mel Patrick Lynch and Dominic Byrne, are convicted of extortion.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(White Plains, New York) Court proceedings noted. Details of Bronfman's claims with regard to kidnap and those of 2 defendants cited. Defense attorney Peter DeBlasio says Byrne coerced into plot by Lynch; then found kidnap was fake. Ransom paid by Seagram head Edgar Bronfman, Sam's father; money recovered. Jurors William Link and Molly Dricot talk to reporters after verdict. [LINK and DRICOT - say Bronfman masterminded plot.] Reactions of defs.' families noted. [Lynch's sister Mrs. Pauline HAMME - says she's happy it's known brother not kidnapper.] [DEBLASIO - says jury has said Bronfman not victim.] Bronfman not in court today; holds news conference [BRONFMAN - says system is sad when kidnappers caught in act and then get off.] Prosecutor Geoffrey Orlando says he's convinced of defendants' guilt and won't bring charges against Bronfman. [ORLANDO - says prosecution convinced Bronfman was victim before trial.]
REPORTER: Sam Chu Lin Artists: John Hart, Aggie Whelan
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