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Court Rulings: Supreme Court and Hearst, Kissinger and NBC / Berkowitz Sanity Issue #498483

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 24, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court refusal to hear Patricia Hearst's appeal on conviction of Symbionese Liberation Army bank robbery noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Los Angeles, California) Arguments of Hearst's attys. in case outlined. Film of bank robbery, which took place in San Francisco, shown. Audio tape of Hearst speaking of robbery played. [HEARST - says her gun was loaded and that SLA companions didn't hold gun on her during robbery.] Hearst attys.' objections to testimony with regard to client in trial on chgs. of sporting goods store robbery in Los Angeles, in which SLA members Wart. and Emily Harris participated, noted. [Prosecutor James BROWNING, Junior - thinks public waits to see if Hearst will get same sentence that person without her family's power would get.] [Hearst attorney F. Lee BAILEY - considers petition for rehearing in Supreme Court; notes other possibilities.] Photos shown.
REPORTER: Don Harris (KRON-TV newstape, San Francisco)

(Studio) Supreme Court ruling reported in case brought by historians and reporters concerning Henry Kissinger's gift of papers about his telephone calls as Secretary of State to National Archives, with stipulation that they not be released for 25 years Court ruling that San Francisco girl can sue NBC and its San Francisco affiliate station on claims that television program containing rape scene triggered similar incident that happened to her noted; details given.
REPORTER: John Hart

(S)Report on judge's ruling on sanity of accused Son of Sam murderer David Berkowitz.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(NYC) Berkowitz arrest in New York City last year on Son of Sam murder chgs. recalled; film shown. Berkowitz' attys.' claim of his incompetency to stand trial and Judge Joseph Corso's ruling that Berkowitz will go on trial May 8 reported [CORSO - has found Berkowitz competent to stand trial now. Has made no ruling concerning plea of insanity at time of alleged crimes.] Reports that Berkowitz wants to plead guilty noted.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Hart, John;
Hunt, Richard
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