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Hearst / Harrises / Sentences #252358

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 31, 1977
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(Studio) Public controversy rages in Los Angeles over widely varied sentences given to Patricia Hearst and to 2 SLA members for same crime. REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) Sentences given to Hearst and to William and Emily Harris in sporting goods store incident, and resultant controversy with regard to justice of sentences noted. Superior court judge and Los Angeles District Attorney in dispute. Letter of Harris trial judge, Mark Brandler, to "Los Angeles "("California) Times" noted; calls Hearst sentence unjust. [BRANDLER - says Hearst was at Mel's Sporting Goods store voluntarily and cites other evidence of cooperation.] Brandler says argument not with Hearst trial judge, E. Talbot Callister, but with District Attorney John Van De Kamp, who recommended probation for her. [VAN DE KAMP - says it's question of propensity of future criminal action of Hearst and Harrises.] Opposing views of sentences for Hearst at Los Angeles and San Francisco trials noted.
REPORTER: Harold Dow

Dow, Harold

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