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California / Death Penalty #244143

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 07, 1976
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(Studio) California supreme court strikes down state's death penalty today.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) California court overturns law citing confusion of issue by Supreme Court as reason for law's unconstitutionality. Stanford University law prof. J. Anthony Amsterdam led fight to get law overturned. [AMSTERDAM - says result will be California voters must again decide on death penalty and form of it; says he hopes they'll decide against it.] Los Angeles police chief Edward Davis is for capital punishment. [DAVIS - says when law becomes so confused, legal system has broken down.] Reaction of prisoners on San Quentin's death row noted. [Prisoner Bob CONOVER - cites reaction; says he believes he'll get new trial and be acquitted.]
REPORTER: Murray Fromson (KPIX-TV newsfilm)

Cronkite, Walter

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