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Supreme Court / Rape and Death Penalty / Busing #252885

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 29, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court strikes down death penalty for rape.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Case before court comes from Georgia, only state permitting death penalty for rape of adult woman. In decision written by Justice Byron White, court says such penalty so rare now, that it is cruel and unusual punishment. Dissenting are Justices Burger and Rehnquist, on grounds this ruling will probably eliminate death penalty for other non-murder offenses. [Georgia state Senator Robert BELL - feels it's another decision where court sides with criminal; had hoped it would be otherwise.] Attorney David Kendall says feminists will applaud decision. [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) legal defense fund attorney KENDALL - notes women's rights groups had filed briefs in support of defense because of feeling that death penalty didn't adequately protect possible victims; cites reasons.] Florida and Mississippi have death penalty for rape of child, but attys. general of both states says laws probably unenforceable now.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Aggie Whelan

(Studio) Court throws out busing plans for Omaha, Nebraska, and Milwaukee, WI.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred

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