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Harris Trial #44630

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 30, 1976
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(Studio) William and Emily Harris case goes to jury. Harrises charged with 11 counts of kidnapping, robbery and assault.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Los Angeles, California) Trial controversial. Defense objections to bullet-proof glass in ctroom. noted. Harrises' claims with regard to Patricia Hearst participation in incident recounted. On last day of testimony, prosecutor Sam Mayerson announced Hearst agreement to testify against former SLA comrades. Defense didn't present any witnesses; made motion for mistrial after 2-yr. old newspaper with account of Hearst family's reaction to daughter's kidnapping smuggled into jury restroom. Judge Mark Brandler refused motion and also to disqualify himself from case after charges from defense attorney Leonard Weinglass. Prosecutor Mayerson calls defendants self-proclaimed revolutionaries at war with US. William Harris pleads with jury not to convict them just because they're revolutionaries. [Defense attorney WEINGLASS - says believes there is chance of acquittal on 9 counts and hung jury on 2.] Jury must consider Harrises' state of mind.
REPORTER: Steve Lentz Artist: Freda Reiter

Lentz, Steve;
Reasoner, Harry

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