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Kopechne Inquest / Delay / Reporters #447475

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 02, 1969
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(Studio) Inquest into Mary Jo Kopechne's death delayed a month because Massachusetts Supreme Court in recess. Senator Edward Kennedy's attys. say Kennedy would be discriminated against because he couldn't cross-examine witnesses. Associate Justice Paul Reardan says Court to look at case.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Boston, Massachusetts) Kennedy Attorney Edward Hanrahan says hearing would be accusatory proceeding. He cited publicity in case. Says client's rights would be violated under Judge James Boyle's rules. Reporters, allowed into court room, but not the public. Says serious and grave const. questions raised. Assistant Massachusetts Attorney General Joseph Hurley argues on behalf of Boyle. Says no one legal focal point of inquest; fact-finding procedure. Reardan orders Boyle to send full report to Massachusetts Supreme Court and full list of reporters given seats at inquest. Attys. shown leaving Court
REPORTER: Liz Trotta Artist: Robert J. Benson

(Studio) 103 reporters want to cover inquest. Caused attys. to say Kennedy would be put on trial. Anything damaging he said could be broadcasted around world.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Trotta, Liz

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