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(Studio) Scheduled executions of John Smith and Marvin Johnson noted ordered stayed in federal court; number occupying death row across the nation noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Starke, Florida) Backlog created by appeals process examined; execution of John Spenkelink in 1979 recalled. Current status of death warrants outlined on screen. [Attorney general Jim SMITH - thinks punishment is sham of criminal justice system.] Robert Sullivan's experience on death row explained as illustrating appeal process. [SULLIVAN - thinks nation without appeal process would be like Iran.] [Prosecutor George YOSS - criticizes system.] [Sullivan's attorney Roy BLACK, YOSS - debate issue.] Criticism of appeal process outlined.
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews
- Andrews, Wyatt;
- Rather, Dan
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