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Sirhan Trial / Death #4867

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 23, 1969
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(Studio) Unanimous jury decides Sirhan should die in gas chamber for murder of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Los Angeles, California) Jury Foreman Bruce Elliott hands over penalty verdict. Defense Attorney Grant Cooper moved to tears. [COOPER - says had victim not been Kennedy, D. A. would have accepted 2nd degree murder.] [Assistant D. A. Lynn COMPTON - says we can't tolerate this kind of solution to political and social problems.] California always reviews death sentence; many wait on death row in California.
REPORTER: John Davenport Artist: Bill Lignante

(Studio) Kennedy family unlikely to seek commuted sentence.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Davenport, John;
Jennings, Peter

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