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Hearst Trial / Brainwashing / Sargent #487107

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 18, 1976
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(Studio) Patricia Hearst testifies.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(San Francisco, California) Hearst arrives at court, followed by 3 psychiatrists defense hired: Robert Lifton of Yale, Martin Orne of University Pennsylvania and Louis J. West of UCLA. All are brainwashing experts. Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey asks Hearst why she shot up Los Angeles, California, sporting goods store to rescue SLA abductors. Store shown. Hearst said action was reflex; told that penalty for failing to rescue comrade was death. Jury sees May 17, 1974, film of SLA shootout with Los Angeles police. Hearst says became convinced police wanted her dead, too, and she should continue hiding. Jury may wonder why Hearst not weak and tearful when forced to rob bank and make tape recordings.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Studio) British brainwashing expert, Dr. William Sargent, doubts any jury mbr. could withstand what Hearst took in 51 days.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(London, England) [SARGENT - certain that self, jury and attys. couldn't stand what Patty Hearst stood for 51 days. No evidence that what she said wasn't correct; she never altered her story. Through Wendy Yoshimura, Hearst began to realize that whole thing was hoax and she loathed Harrises. She felt FBI would kill her and she should stay in hiding. She was in dither and at that time, ill.]
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Studio) Sargent said Harrises convinced her there were 500 more SLA mbrs., when actually there were only 3, incling. Hearst.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Stern, Carl;
Utley, Garrick
Duration:
00:05:00

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