ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 24, 1969
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(Studio) Charles Manson wins right to defense self against 7 counts of murder and conspiracy.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Los Angeles, California) Manson, 35, distrusts attorney Judge William Keene asks Manson if he knew penalty for 1st degree murder. Manson knew it was death. Manson tells judge he doesn't have defense and he's dead already. Keene rules other attys. could help him, but they could not speak for Manson in court [Attorney Luke MCKISSACK - says Manson only wanted to be able to speak to jury and witnesses himself, not to handle all legal problems in court Court rules inconsistently with his requests.] [Attorney Jose A. BALL - says Manson was raised in reform school and has been in prison. Always been on other side of law, and doesn't trust attys.] Manson can test persuasive powers before jury.
REPORTER: Craig Spence
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