CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 25, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced with regard to big cases Justice Department brings before juries and then loses.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Govt. loss in case of construction fraud scheme allegations against LA Governor Edwin Edwards noted; scenes from December 18, 1985, shown. [EDWARDS - comments.] Recent government losses in white collar crime cases against former assistant Navy Secretary George Sawyer, boxing promoter Don King and former Reagan White House aide Thomas Reed cited. Position of some people noted to question strength of government cases. [Edwards' attorney James NEAL - comments on sophistication of jurors.] [Assistant Attorney General Stephen TROTT - comments.] Congress attack on Justice Department with regard to lack of white collar prosecutions reported; file tape shown. Cases of E.F. Hutton and General Dynamics cited as exs. Justice Department position stated. [White collar crime expert Irvin NATHAN - comments.] Expected trial of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration James Beggs on chgs. of defrauding government while at General Dynamics noted.
REPORTER: Rita Braver