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Government Witness Program #283264

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 19, 1982
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(Studio) Govt. witness program in which informers are given new identities said under fire due to caliber of witnesses.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Case of Marion Albert "Mad Dog Killer" Pruett cited as example; his conviction and death sentence noted. [PRUETT - claims he was high on cocaine.] Associate attorney general Rudolph GIULIANI - defs. witness protection program.] Conviction of protected witness Herman Martin said illustrating problem of murders by relocated witnesses. Pruett's apparent murder of wife and others while in program detailed. [New Mexico sheriff Gennaro FERRARA - thinks FBI was wrong in not giving county officials previous arrest and conviction records of Pruett.] Pruett's robbery and murder odyssey described; death of Jim Balderson discussed. [Frank BALDERSON - questions government's judgment in placing Pruett in witness program.] [GIULIANI - claims he never received letter from Balderson's parents.] Justice Department's rationale for releasing Pruett outlined. [PRUETT - blames cocaine-for his crimes.] [GIULIANI - considers situation a tragedy.] [BALDERSON - criticizes program.] Pruett reported confessing to earlier murder of cellmate.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Tomorrow's report on witness protection program announced.

Graham, Fred;
Rather, Dan

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