NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 05, 1971
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(Studio) United States troop strength in South Vietnam down to 300,000; President Nixon announces future withdrawal schedule Wednesday Senator William Proxmire proposes Nixon appoint commission to study true cost and effectiveness of bombing in Vietnam.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Pentagon asked if Nixon intervention in Calley case would affect others convicted of similar crimes, replies normal appeals procedures being followed. Of 115 GIs court martialed for killing civilians in Vietnam, 59 found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment; most sentences later commuted. 20 found guilty of lesser crimes; 35 acquitted.
REPORTER: Robert Goralski
(Studio) Nazi War Criminal Prosecutor Telford Taylor says, if Calley had been found innocent, would have relieved United States troops of need to obey rules of war; felt life sentence harsh. Writer James Michener says people calling for law and order same ones making hero of Calley. Senator Javits says, if public hails murderer as hero, American people have changed disastrously.
REPORTER: Frank Mcgee