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Supreme Court / Death Sentence / Police Murders #252948

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 06, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court strikes down law requiring death penalty for murder of policeman.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Justices Brennan, Powell, Marshall, Stewart and Stevens vote Louisiana law for mandatory death penalty in policeman's murder is unconstitutional; reasons noted. Dissenting are Justices Burger, White, Rehnquist and Blackmun. Los Angeles police chief Edward Davis, president of International Association of Police Chiefs, says court should define constitutional death penalty. In other action, court refuses to hear case in which Ramsey Clark argues it's unconstitutional for 1 house of Congress to veto federal programs, and upholds right of customs inspectors to open international mail, if there's reason to suspect contraband.
REPORTER: George Herman Artist: John Hart

Herman, George;
Mudd, Roger

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