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Special Segment (Crime and Punishment) #516318

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 02, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) Disparity between crime and resulting punishment examined; films, photos shown. [Bank robber, "JOHN" - notes ease of crime.] Former burglar Joey Airdo's experiences outlined. [AIRDO - calls legal system a game.] Crime statistics relating to arrests, convictions and sentences listed on screen. [Chicago Crime Commission spokesperson Patrick HEALY - notes difficulty in solving crime.] Shootings and murders in Cabrini-Green hsing. project in Chicago, detailed. [Burglar, "DANIEL" - comments on ease of burglarizing sites.] Burglar's capture in Portland, OR, shown, discussed as typical. [AIRDO - discusses means of throwing cases out of court] No. of trial delays of Bernard Ray Shorty noted. [SHORTY - says he hasn't seen his attorney in 4 mos.] Chgs. against Shorty discussed. [SHORTY - notes possibility of several years passing before he comes to trial.] James Seider, chgd. with sexual assault, examined as illustrative of lack of punishment for convicted felons. [SEIDER - refuses comment.] Extent of problem summarized.
REPORTER: James Polk

Chancellor, John;
Polk, James

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