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(Studio) Supreme Court hears arguments with regard to death penalty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Supreme Court declared all capital punishment laws unconst. in 1972. 35 states passed new laws since then. 527 condemned to death. Defense cnsl. Anthony Amsterdam says new laws still give prosecutors and juries free rein to condemn some defendants and send others to prison. Justice John Paul Stevens seems to have deciding vote on issue. Texas attorney general John L. Hill pleads for public's right to decide. Decision probably to be announced in June.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Aggie Whelan
(North Carolina) 107 on death row here. North Carolina legislature sought to make death penalty mandatory for all convicted of 1st degree murder or rape.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall
(Florida) Judge and jury impose death sentence here. Case of convicted murderer, Charles Proffitt, noted. [PROFFITT - says murders incrd. despite death penalty.]
REPORTER: Bruce Hall
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Graham, Fred;
- Hall, Bruce
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