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Moonies / Court Battle #48084

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 11, 1977
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(Studio) In San Francisco, appellate court says 5 Moonies free to go where they want and associate with whom they want.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(San Francisco, California) Background of case, involving followers of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, in Unification Church noted. (Film of earlier incidents shown.) [PARENT - tells other Moonies to leave them alone.] 3 of 5 decide to leave church. [Barbara UNDERWOOD - says when programmed by church she' felt to leave church was spiritual death.] Today Moonies John Hovard and Janice Kaplan appear in court in attempt to be freed. Judge releases 2. [HOVARD - says court understands injustice of situation; says he loves parents and knows they acted out of love.] [Father, J.F. HOVARD - says son's now free to go.] Parents to appeal to California supreme court, children to fight it; will probably end in United States Supreme Court
REPORTER: Bill Redeker

Reasoner, Harry;
Redeker, Bill

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