NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 25, 1978
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(Studio) Report is on American's families in hiding, those with members who have agreed to testify for government against organized crime and have been given new identity and federal money.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Details of witness program run by United States Marshal Service and its successes and failures. Case of one family who have yet to be given new identities given as example [MAN - would be lying if he said he'd never thought of going back to crime. That's how desperate family has been; says there's no future.] Other failures of program, in which witnesses have gone back to crime, reported, include cases of Benjamin Rossatto (alias Russo) of Saint Charles, Missouri, relocated from NYC, and 4 witnesses in Orange Cnty., California, who are under protection of Marshal Service. [Orange Cnty. sheriff Brad GATES - thinks these people are habitual criminals and will go back to crime. Doesn't know which witnesses have been relocated in county because of refusals to give out information at each request he's made.] Info. learned that Marshal Service ignored warnings of new criminal activity by Orange Cnty. witnesses prior to murder there. Other problems in Marshal Service handling of witness security program noted. Investigations by Congress and federal grand juries of Marshal Service's handling of program detailed. [Marshal Service spokesperson Jon TWOMEY - has confidence in program and in ability of people in program to do jobs.] Justice Department report on Marshal Service handling of program quoted. Testimony of former Mafia mbr., mentioned earlier in report, against US marshals for their actions and his allegations that some were paid off to tell Mafia where he is, resulting in his fear of being killed, reported [MAN - says it won't be long before he gets murdered and that it won't be he who blows own cover.]
REPORTER: Brian Ross
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