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Supreme Court / Watergate Figs. / Leak / Prisoners' Rights #48324

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 27, 1977
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(Studio) Attys. for Watergate figs. John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman petition Supreme Court to hear arguments with regard to effect of court leak on clients' cases.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Leak was reported by Washington, DC reporter Nina Totenburg who said court, in usual private session, voted not to review Mitchell, Haldeman and Ehrlichman's cases. Vote is secret, so publicity raises questions with regard to how and why it got out. Report also says Chief Justice Burger delayed announcing vote in order to try to get 1 justice to change vote so review could be held. Regardless of outcome of decision with regard to hearing cases, it could go down as 1 more in long string of controversies of free press versus fair trial.
REPORTER: David Garcia

(Studio) Court rules today that prison inmates must be given access to some form of legal aid to appeal sentences; details noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Garcia, David;
Reasoner, Harry

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