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Gilmore Death Sentence #41056

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 30, 1976
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(Studio) After long legal process, fate of Gary Gilmore came to Utah brd. of pardons today.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(UT State Prison) Gilmore makes personal appearance before brd. to request he be allowed to die. [Brd. chairperson George LATIMER - tells Gilmore brd. won't be guided by prisoners' desires, but by constitution and statutes of UT.] Gilmore later makes own plea to brd. [GILMORE - says he accepted sentence and took it seriously, now people seem to back off from sentence they wanted given. Says he wishes groups fighting for his life would keep out of it.] Brd. hears witnesses opposed to capital punishment from groups like ACLU, Right-to-Life, Citizens Against Crime and Pornography; attys. for other death-row prisoners tell why they oppose execution. [Attorney Gil ATHAY - notes argument with regard to possible unconstitutionality of death penalty.] After private consultation, brd. announces decision. [Chairperson LATIMER - says sentence will stand.] Execution expected to take place in next 6 days.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

(Studio) ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and attys. for other death-row inmates say they'll appeal case to Supreme Court
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Dobbs, Greg;
Reasoner, Harry

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