CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 04, 1977
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(Studio) Judge John Sirica reduces sentences of top 3 Nixon aides sent to prison on Watergate convictions: John Mitchell, John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Sirica plans surprise for last act in Watergate-related cases; probation officers had been sent to talk with each man and judge plays tapes of conversations for court (Audio tapes played.) [HALDEMAN - is sorry for own actions and accepts responsibility for them and recognizes that he must pay for them.] [EHRLICHMAN - abdicated moral judgement to someone else; would advise children to never surrender moral judgement to anyone.] [MITCHELL - is remorseful.] Judge reduces sentences to 1-4 years; Haldeman could be paroled next June. Ehrlichman went to prison earlier, but is also serving concurrent sentence for Ellsberg break-in; if he can get reduction in that case, he could be paroled before end of October
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: John D. Hart
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