NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 30, 1976
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(Studio) Utah board of pardons today decides not to commute death sentence of Gary Gilmore.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(UT State Prison) Gilmore appears before board to ask that execution be allowed to go through. [GILMORE - says he doesn't deserve or seek any privilege that board can grant him.] Representatives from several groups against death penalty show up, such as ACLU, Socialist Workers' party, Right-to- Life and Citizens Against Pornography. [GILMORE - says he wishes such groups would leave case alone; says they're ineffective.] Board considers decision and votes 2-1 not to commute sentence. [Board member George LATIMER - says sentence will stand.] Case will go back to Provo, Utah court for date to be set. Outside, groups say they will try to get continued stay of execution.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins
(Studio) In Texas, attys. for Robert Excell White appeal to Supreme Court for execution stay, but White says they're not acting on his wishes and he wants to die. NBC News poll results with regard to death penalty noted. When question has been on state ballots, vote has always favored it.
REPORTER: David Brinkley