CBS Evening News for Sunday, Feb 22, 1976
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(Studio) Some states observe amnesty week
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Boston, Massachusetts) Marine deserter present at convocation on amnesty. Turned self in to Marines. [Austin HODGE - says returning as always planned since left United States Marine Corps in 1968.] He rejected Ford's clemency plan but couldn't stand underground life. [HODGE - explains why he disliked secrecy.] [Pardon recipient Jeff JONES - says clemency program didn't help in any way. His situation explained.] Marvin Wilson was shot in Vietnam and considered for silver medal. Claims he was falsely convicted of assaulting ofr. He is barred from job he wants due to his bad conduct discharge. [WILSON - feels he has right to advantages other Vietnam vets recd.] Poet and ex-prof. Bob Canney, serves 6-mo.-2yr. in Florida minister security prison, is example of civilian war protester. He's not covered by Ford program, either. [CANNEY - describes charge on which he was convicted.] Groups plan amnesty activities for people like these. Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis 1 of 8 govs. who've declared amnesty week National Council for Universal and Unconditional Amnesty thinks sting can be taken out of issue if govs. and mayors sign proclamations. Hopes another President or Congress will take another view. [Goldstar mother Mrs. Sam. CASTELLANO - says all mothers love their sons. Maybe showing son true respect by speaking up.] 1 million Americans not covered by Ford's clemency program.
REPORTER: Steve Young
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