NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 29, 1976
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(Studio) Since 1972, 35 states enacted new death penalty laws and 300 sentenced to death. Supreme Court to hear arguments with regard to death penalty.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Raiford, Florida) 56 on death row at Florida State Prison. Supreme Court threw out death penalty in 1972 due to variety of laws. Court now must decide if death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. Florida's death penalty law described. Convicted murderer, Charles Proffitt, convicted of killing Ronnie Medgebow, 23, high school coach. [Medgebow's widow, Patricia BISSET - says it wouldn't help to kill Prophet. Justice done by putting him in prison.] [Attorney gem. Robert SHEVIN - says death penalty is deterrent to crime. Speaks for prerogative to be able to use death penalty.] Shevin visited death row several times. [Death row INMATE - asks about findings that say crime not deterred by death penalty.] [SHEVIN - says issue is still a question. Will Supreme Court uphold death penalty sentences?]
REPORTER: Fred Francis