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Government Drug Task Force Tactics #287744

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 03, 1983
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(Studio) Apparent change in government drug task forces' tactics described.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Los Angeles, California) Legal implications of government's assault on celebrities involved in drug use/trafficking examined; John DeLorean's case cited as ex. [Courtesy HBO, DeLorean and wife Christina FERRAR - bid each other farewell.] [November 1982, former DeLorean attorney Seth HUFSTEDLER - comments on publicity.] Govt.'s focus on celebrities in its drug war discussed; Vitas Gerulaitis incident thought illustrating legal flimsiness of government `s approach. [Attorney Thomas PUCCIO - considers government's motives as other than directly legal.] Representatives Barry Goldwater, Junior, Charles Wilson and Ron Dellums cited as exs. Govt. publicity of drug investigations of baseball and football players such as Tony Dorsett, author Norman Mailer also recalled. [Mailer's agent Scott MEREDITH - considers it the "DeLorean Syndrome."] President and Nancy Reagan's support of drug campaign mentioned; questionable results in light of fact that smuggling of hard drugs has increased noted. [DEA spokesperson Francis MULLEN - believes publicity serves purpose.] Questions stemming from DeLorean case outlined.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

Graham, Fred;
Rather, Dan

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