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Insanity Plea / Vietnam Veterans / Florida Case #291095

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 21, 1983
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(Studio) John Hinckley's successful use of insanity plea in trial for attempted assassination of President Reagan recalled; Florida clemency board reported commuting Vietnam veteran's sentence in favor of hospital treatment.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Miami, Florida) George Stringer's Vietnam war experience, psychological problems resulting in criminal activity examined; background information explained. Films shown. [Defense attorney Alan WEINSTEIN - claims client was legally insane.] Use of legally recognized post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in court cases discussed; acquittal of Charles Head for murder in LA, Michael Tindall in Maine for drug smuggling cited as exs. [Prosecutor Janet REANO - believes PTSD defense undermines justice system; explains.] [Judge Howard GROSS - calls for attention to war trauma disorder.] Veterans Administration's efforts to deal with problem noted. [Therapy PATIENTS - discuss their situations.] [STRINGER - notes discrepancy between what United States teaches and reality of Vietnam war.] Potential impact of Stringer's case on other Vietnam vets. in legal trouble considered.
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews

Andrews, Wyatt;
Rather, Dan

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