ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 14, 1973
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(Studio) Nixon asks for restoration death penalty for certain crimes.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Death penalty requested by Nixon for crimes involving kidnapping, bombing, police killing or air piracy where death results. Assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen says death penalty would not be automatic; mitigating factors would be considered. [PETERSEN - says unless mitigating factors such as insanity evident, death penalty to be imposed. Stiffer penalties also sought for narcotics dealers.] [Drug Law Enforcement Office spokesperson Myles AMBROSE - says drug pushers should not be freed.] Life sentences without parole and detention without bond sought for professional pushers. Nixon message says nothing about stronger gun control laws or prison reform.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
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