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CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 02, 1978
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(Studio) Opening of Supreme Court fall session reported. Among cases to be decided is that with regard to police rights to stop motorists and pedestrians to check identification, licenses and registration without grounds for suspicion.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Preview of court's docket for session given; issues listed. Chief Justice Warren Burger mentioned; photograph shown. Details of case involving police checking of driver's licenses and car registrations and asking for identification papers given.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Report on robbery/rape trial of man in Cullman, Alabama.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Cullman, Alabama) Details of chgs. against mentally retarded defense Tommy Lee Hines given; racial tensions involved in case noted. Trial's movement from Decatur to Cullman because of this, reported Confrontation between blacks from Decatur and Ku Klux Klan members from Cullman stated; blacks' attempts to march to Cullman from Decatur mentioned. Police intervention reported Defense attorney Henry Mims' challenge of jury makeup since all prospective jurors are white stated. Hines' teachers' statements that his intelligence quotient and coordination abilities would have made it impossible for him to have committed crimes he's charged with cited. Demonstration march organization by SCLC, which is greeted by state troopers and KKK, noted. Arrest of marchers detailed.
REPORTER: John Sheahan Artist: Peggy Gage

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred;
Sheahan, John

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