NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 16, 1969
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(s) Mil. judge, Lieutenant Colonel Reid West Kennedy asks Justice Department to see if 5 news orgs. violated his order against interviews with potential witnesses. 5 are: AP, NBC, "Houston Chronicle, Time", and "Life." Lieutenant William Calley's Attorney, George Latimer, asks that case be dismissed on grounds Army has no jurisdiction. Attorney says Army held Calley beyond discharge date; thus he is a civilian.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Fort Benning, Georgia) Can Calley get a fair trial? Kennedy says violations against witnesses spking. hurt Calley's chances for a fair trial. Asks Attorney General to study and prosecute, if necessary, news orgs. and soldiers who defied his order. Judge cites violations, Latimer enters Nixon remarks with regard to case at December 9 news conf, [Attorney LATIMER - says Nixon's reference to "massacre" might bias people. There are limits to press.]
REPORTER: Charles Quinn; ARTIST: Leo Hershfield