NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 14, 1978
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(Studio) Justice Department filing of brief in federal court questioning whether Wilmington 10 had fair trial reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Of Wilmington 10, Reverend Benjamin Chavis, noted as still in prison. File tape shown. Justice Department claim that record of trial suggests prosecutor used false evidence and withheld evidence that might have exonerated 10 outlined. Racial violence in 1971 in Wilmington, North Carolina, recalled; details about alleged involvement of Wilmington 10 for which they were brought to trial given. North Carolina Governor James Hunt's rejection of appeals by Wilmington 10, last January, mentioned; film shown. [HUNT - states reasons for rejection of appeals.] Papers in case cited to be pending before federal judge in Raleigh; Justice Department's previous statements about case noted, but this reported to be 1st time it has directly challenged North Carolina officials.
REPORTER: Carl Stern
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