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Carter / Liddy Sentence Commuted #48092

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 12, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter reduces sentence of Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy, last of 7 burglars now in jail. Liddy's silence with regard to Watergate noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Liddy was only 1 of defendants not to testify in court; he got 20 years John Mitchell, John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman got 8 years Liddy's wife and attorney had talked with White House cnsl. Robert Lipshutz in February, requesting Liddy be freed immediately and fine be dropped; Liddy now eligible for parole in July and fine stands; but he may not have to pay. Lipshutz says President's order not criticism of Judge John J. Sirica; Sirica's reaction noted.
REPORTER: Ann Compton

(Studio) Liddy has emerged as 1 of central figs. of burglary.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Liddy's part in Watergate and refusal to talk garnered stiffer jail sentence than other figs. John Dean, Charles Colson and Jeb Magruder, who got only few mos. (Films shown.) Sirica's comments with regard to Liddy's attitude noted. Efforts of Liddy's family to get pardon for him noted; Ford admin. left it for Democrat Carter to finish Republican problem which began nearly 5 years ago at Watergate Building
REPORTER: Charles Gibson Artist: Freda Reiter

(Studio) Pennsylvania's Allenwood Prison had received no official word of reduction by late afternoon; official there says prison will allow press conf., but Liddy probably won't have one.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Compton, Ann;
Gibson, Charles;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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