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California / Kaczynski Trial / Suicide Attempt #420603

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jan 08, 1998
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(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Report introduced.

(Sacramento: Don Knapp) The trial of accused Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski featured; details given of the speculation that Kaczynski tried to hang himself. [Sacramento County Undersheriff Lou BLANAS - says it appears Kaczynski may have tried to commit suicide in his cell; explains how he will now be monitored in that cell.] The courtroom issue that Kaczynski wants to represent himself and whether he is mentally competent to do so detailed. [Defense attorney Judy CLARKE - defends Kaczynski's fear of being labelled mentally ill.]

(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Interview held with criminologist Mike Rustigan about the day's events. [RUSTIGAN - says Kaczynski does not want to be seen as mentally defective and views himself as a political messiah; finds an attempted suicide to be inconsistent; agrees a suicide might have been fakery; suggests the government should have accepted his guilty plea.]

Knapp, Don;
Shaw, Bernard

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