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Clemency Plan / Ford #478858

NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 16, 1974
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(Studio) President Ford announces clemency plan for draft dodgers and deserters. Details of plan discussed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [FORD - hopes program will bind American's wounds and unify cntry.] Procedures to be followed by unconvicted draft evader and deserter under plan outlined. Convicted dodger or evader must follow another route; procedure outlined. Clemency application deadline January 31, 1975.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

(Studio) President also establishes clemency board headed by former Senator Chas. Godell. Senator Mike Mansfield supports clemency plan; recalls own 3 hour absent without leave from Navy in 1918. Attorney General William Saxbe doesn't think many draft resisters will accept plan.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Toronto, Canada) Almost all exiled draft resisters reject Ford's clemency plan. Many plan to boycott amnesty program. [Gerry CONDON - says resisters all over world virtually unanimous in rejection of plan.] [Charles STIMAC - says he would like to go home but won't; plans to fight for unconditional amnesty.] [Steve GROSSMAN - doesn't want hero's welcome; considers himself victim of Vietnam war.] United States draft resisters from Europe and Canada to meet in Toronto over wkend. to decide how to carry on fight for total amnesty most effectively.
REPORTER: Jack Paxton

(Studio) Cmdrs. in chief of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion reject Ford's clemency plan.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Nessen, Ron;
Paxton, Jack

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