CBS Evening News for Sunday, Dec 04, 1977
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(Studio) Congmen.'s visit to North Carolina on behalf of Wilmington 10, convicted of firebombing of grocery in Wilmington. Film shown and background of case noted.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
(Raleigh, North Carolina) Arrival of 6 Congmen., include chairperson of House Civil Rights subcommittee and Congress Black Caucus, noted. [Caucus chairperson Parren MITCHELL - says they've come to ask support of townspeople for freedom of Wilmington 10. Also says mistake was made in carrying out justice and North Carolina must admit it and redress mistake.] Refusal of Governor James Hunt to meet with Representatives and message carried to group by his aides outlined. [Representative Robert DRINAN - says there is no evidence for holding 10 and governor must confront issue.] [Representative Don EDWARDS - says governor should commute sentences or pardon 10.] Mtg. of Congmen. with 2 of 10 in prison. [Wayne MOORE - thinks it will be through mass support for them rather than through justice system that they'll be freed.] Representatives' plans to meet with Attorney General Bell this week and urge Justice Department involvement in case noted.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall