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Tennessee Parole Scandal / Blanton / Prison Sentence Reductions #260016

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 16, 1979
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(Studio) Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton's reduction of sentences for number of convicted murders and other prisoners as one of last acts as governor reported Blanton noted under federal investigation in parole scandal.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Nashville, Tennessee) Background of FBI investigation of Blanton in connection with parole scandal given. Photos shown. Blanton's grant of executive clemency to 52 prisoners in last days in office and his promise of more such acts noted. [BLANTON - comments.] Reaction of Governor-elect Lamar Alexander stated. [ALEXANDER - comments.] Pardoning of convicted double murderer Roger Humphreys reported to be Blanton's most controversial act.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall (WTVF newstape)

Cronkite, Walter;
Hall, Bruce

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