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Supreme Court / Death Penalty #487701

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 30, 1976
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(Studio) Supreme Court hears arguments with regard to death penalty.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Supreme Court outlawed death penalty in 1972. Since then, 35 states rewrote their capital punishment laws. 468 are on death row.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Dunn, North Carolina) 4 involved in death of store manager during robbery. Luby Waxton and another man did robbery and shooting. Waxton received death penalty. Leonard Tucker pleaded guilty and received 30 years The lookout,Johnny Lee Carroll, pleaded guilty and received 20 years James T. Woodson, who waited in car for other 3, received death sentence.
REPORTER: Carl Stern (WSOC-TV film)

(DC) Stanford University professor Anthony G. Amsterdam says prosecutors and juries arbitrarily deciding who should die. Justice Potter Stewart asks if such discretion isn't used in all cases. Justice John Paul Stevens may decide case. Ford administration to urge courts to let states decide what to do.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

Chancellor, John;
Stern, Carl

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