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Supreme Court / Death Sentence / Pensions / Criminal Rights #49331

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jun 06, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana law, says state can't make death sentence mandatory for murder of policeman. Court also rules that military service counts when company computes employee's pension rights. 2 other decisions affect rights of criminal defendants.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) One decision says defendant automatically violates federal law when convicted of felony, if defense owns firearm that has crossed state line. Court also says it's not against defense's rights to open his overseas mail, if there's reason to suspect violation of law. Possible implications of direction of Burger court, as opposed to liberal Warren court, noted.
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien

Reporter(s):
O'Brien, Tim;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:01:50

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