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Kent State Shootings / White House Order / Grand Jury Probe #499101

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 04, 1978
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(Studio) Anniversary of Kent State shootings noted. Report is on White House order, found by reporter, that was sent to Justice Department instructing no federal grand jury probe of incident because of Richard Nixon's opposition.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(No location given) Film of Kent State incident, May 4, 1970, shown. Among 4 students killed was Allison Krause. [Victim's father Arthur KRAUSE - describes telephone call from John Ehrlichman at Key Biscayne White House, pledging complete probe of shootings.] Ehrlichman's later memo to John Mitchell ordering no federal grand jury investigation detailed and quoted. Ehrlichman and Mitchell's refusal to comment reported; Ehrlichman's recent release from prison after serving for Watergate convictions mentioned. Films shown. Justice Department reversal in case, under then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson, and Nixon's reported reaction stated. Nixon's comments about Kent State in his upcoming memoirs quoted. [KRAUSE - hoped that he was being told truth, but knew he wasn't. Says these people were leaders of country and weren't very nice people.]
REPORTER: James Polk

Brinkley, David;
Polk, James

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