NBC Evening News for Friday, May 06, 1977
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(Studio) Reverend Sun Myung Moon and 10 followers to be arraigned in upstate New York on charges of trespassing at Bard College. Following is update on fates of 5 Moonies who were center of court controversy in California.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Tucson, Arizona) 5 Moonies maintained during trial that they'd remain faithful to Unification Church. (Film of Moonies during trial shown.) [Barbara UNDERWOOD - hopes to maintain strength throughout intimidation or attack.] Since then Underwood has changed mind. [UNDERWOOD - was true to ideals then, but had never considered mind control.] 4 of 5 at San Francisco trial have renounced church in deprogramming by Freedom of Thought Fndtn. Details with regard to rehabilitation house outside Tuscon, Arizona, run by Joe and Esther Alexander, noted; Janica Kaplan tried to cut wrists rather than be deprogrammed, but now says she was foolish. 2 Phoenix attys. run whole outfit and have been accused of being in it for money and for soliciting clients. [Attorney Wayne HOWARD - denies charges; says they're made by attys. hired by Moon's church and other such groups. Has many clients he and partner can't get to because of demand for such cases.] Howard and forces failed with John Hovard who remains with Moon's church and maintains religious freedom is real issue. [HOVARD - cites feelings of importance of case.] People who have turned from Unification Church see greater threat than to religious freedom. [Deprogrammer Jeff SCALES - says without freedom of thought there's no freedom of religion.] [UNDERWOOD - was most appreciative of concept in deprogramming that lets her continue to have God in life.] [KAPLAN - compares it to liberating and painful experience of giving birth.] [Deprogrammer Gary SCHARTT - notes situations here deal with new kind of incapacitation which United States legal system isn't accustomed to.] [Joe ALEXANDER - knew it would work if Moonies would talk with them; hopes to get 5th Moonie sometime.]
REPORTER: Don Oliver