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Special (Destruction of A Senate) #486588

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 13, 1976
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(Studio) Ability of Justice Department to ruin person professionally and financially is seen in case of former Florida Senator Edward Gurney.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Winter Park, Florida) Report on Gurney's case. [GURNEY - says when his career and finances ruined it's not justice.] Efforts of Gurney's supporters to get financial help noted. Gurney says he believes he had to give up Senate seat because of Watergate; was one of Nixon's most vocal supporters on Watergate committee (Films of Watergate hearings shown.) Gurney says fed. prosecutors became overzealous during Watergate and that he's victim of it. [GURNEY - says getting to be United States Senator lends fame to those involved; notes points with regard to retrial.] Gurney says if he were in office now, he'd attempt to pass law that government must pay person's legal fees if prosecutors couldn't prove a case. [GURNEY - notes government expense in case. Says government didn't do what it set out to do, convict him of wrongdoing, because there wasn't any.]
REPORTER: Fred Francis

Brinkley, David;
Francis, Fred

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