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Hearst Case / Background #40061

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 26, 1976
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(Studio) Judge Oliver Carter denies defense notion for dismissal of charges against Patricia Hearst. Reporter cites reasons for interest in Hearst case.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(S. California) Patricia Campbell Hearst 19 when kidnapped February 4, 1974, from Berkeley apt. she shared with Steven Weed. Symbionese Liberation Army's (SLA) motives more than just greed for money. One of Hearst tape recordings played. [Hearst VOICE - describes SLA.] Free food distribution program as demanded by SLA went badly. Later tapes of Hearst were more militant. Hearst shown in April 15 bank robbery. April 21 tape recording of Hearst played. [HEARST VOICE - notes amount taken from bank.] May 17, 1974, film shows shoot-out and fire at SLA hideout. Rptd. Hearst fired at Mel's Sporting Goods store the day before. 6 SLA members die in shoot-out. Hearst captured September 18, 1975. Defense to center case on pressures on her mind. [Defense attorney F. Lee BAILEY - says government can't prove criminal intent.] Trial expected to last 4-6 weeks
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

Geer, Stephen;
Smith, Howard K.

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