ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 01, 1975
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(Studio) Watergate cover-up jury finds John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman, Robert Mardian and John Mitchell guilty on all counts. Ken. Parkinson found not guilty.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Foreman John Hoffar delivers decisions to Judge John Sirica. Court clerk reads it. Counts for each defendant cited. Mitchell sags on hearing verdict; tells attys. not to take it hard. Haldeman stares ahead. Ehrlichman's eyes fixed. Mardian only guilty of 1 count. Parkinson smiled at verdict of nonguilty. [PARKINSON - says thrilled. Always had faith in this outcome. Thanks wife, friends and attorney, Dave Stein.] [HALDEMAN - says only 1 human knows with moral certainty truth about his innocence or guilt. Innocent legally and morally of each charge. Convinced truth will be known. To appeal in judicial system.] Mitchell and Mardian leave together. Mitchell expected verdict; Mardian maintained innocence. Haldeman and Mitchell face 25 years prison; Ehrlichman 20 years; and Mardian up to 5 years After 2 years, 7 mos. major chapter in Watergate cover-up conspiracy ends.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher; Frank Reynolds
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