NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 02, 1976
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(Studio) Report on impact of Supreme Court's death penalty decision.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) John Chancellor and David Brinkley talk to reporter via screen. Earliest executions could occur in Florida, Georgia and Texas. North Carolina has 120 on death row; they'll be resentenced to life in prison because court struck down North Carolina death penalty. States free to decide whether they want capital punishment or not. 13 states reject penalty. Studies inconclusive as to question of death penalty deterring crime. Court says if death penalty can't be applied fairly, it can't be applied at all. Justices Potter Stewart, Lewis Powell and John Paul Stevens decided case.
REPORTER: David Brinkley; John Chancellor; Carl Stern