NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 07, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court decisions on Bakke case and on police warrant searches of non-crime sites for evidence of crime committed elsewhere stated. Report is on Court's session just ended.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Richard Nixon's nomination and election as President on law and order pledge detailed; film shown. [NIXON - says some courts have made decisions weakening police forces against criminal forces.] Effect of Nixon appts. on decisions involving police rights examined; latest, involving "Stanford Daily" newspaper and giving police right to go through such places in search of evidence, detailed. Photos shown. [Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press spokesperson Jack LANDAU - outlines such searches in newspaper and TV stations since "Stanford" search, include search of Associated Press office in Helena, MT.] FBI break-in at Church of Scientology last summer described; photos shown. [Hofstra University search and seizure expert Leon FRIEDMAN - comments on decisions by Burger court and Nixon apptees. with regard to law enforcement.] Police denials of their taking license with Supreme Court decisions noted. [Montgomery Cnty., MD, Police Chief Robert diGRAZIA - doesn't believe Supreme Court rulings make that much difference.] Outline of Court's recent decision on rights of both police and accused persons given. [Americans for Effective Law Enforcement spokesperson Frank CARRINGTON - doesn't believe in "midnight knocks on the door" and doesn't think many do. Says this isn't Hitler's Germany.] Fall in crime rate since Nixon appts. cited; FBI reports that this is due to more police and private security forces and to anti-crime devices mentioned. Films shown.
REPORTER: Carl Stern
(Studio) Earlier Segment 3 report on refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, and citations it had received from government for worker safety violations recalled; owner Texaco's contesting of citations mentioned. Report on accident at refinery that occurred Thursday night; OSHA investigation noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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