CBS Evening News for Friday, May 20, 1977
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(Studio) New trial for Wilmington (North Carolina) 10 is denied.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Burgaw, North Carolina) Background of case, stemming from arson during desegregation riots, noted. (Films shown.) Defense attys. have been in Burgaw, North Carolina, for 2 weeks seeking new trial. Hearings attract William Kunstler and Angela Davis and press from Communist cntrys., who use it as example of human rights violations in US. Judge George M. Fountain bars defendants from court State's witnesses say they lied in original trial; original prosecutor Jay Stroud says he did give minibike to 1 witness. Changing story and background of state's key witness, Allen Hall, noted; defense attorney James Ferguson says Hall's credibility so bad even state attorney general calls witnesses liars. Judge denies new trial request, however. Parents of defs. and civil rights groups await decision outside. [Defense's mother Elizabeth CHAVIS - says they're fighting people in places of power.] [Civil rights activist KUJO - says they won't let incident go.] Defense attys. to appeal.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall Artist: Aggie Whelan
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