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Sirhan Trial / Judge Refuses Plea #444431

NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 28, 1969
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(Studio) Sirhan Sirhan stands up in court and tells judge he wants to plead guilty to murder in 1st degree and be executed. Court refuses his plea.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Los Angeles, CA) Sirhan doesn't like lawyers. Childhood playmate of Sirhan's describes their hard life in Jerusalem. Playmate describes Sirhan as being sensitive. Witness from Pasadena school system says Sirhan below formal in intelligence. Defense Attorney Grant Cooper tells court of Sirhan not wanting some witnesses called by defense They were called anyway. Cooper says Sirhan wants to address court Sirhan asks to plead guilty and ask sentence of execution. Judge Herbert Walker knows of no such law to permit this. Sirhan says he killed Senator Robert Kennedy with malice and premeditation. Walker denies plea and says Sirhan's counsel will be retained.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins Artist: Gene Widhoff

Brinkley, David;
Perkins, Jack

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