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Supreme Court #516821

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 18, 1981
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(Studio) Court's ruling that murder defendants must be warned in advance if psychiatric test results are to be used later in support of death sentence.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(C) Ernest Benjamin Smith case cited. Dr. James Grigson testimonies in 61 cases cited. [GRIGSON - testifies, says Smith has disregard for human life; is threat.] Death in convenience market holdup in Dallas, Texas, recalled. [Death row inmate SMITH - speaks of Grigson's testimony.] Court reported saying defendants have right to refuse psychiatric exam, unless using insanity as defense Effect on many death row inmates in Texas noted.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Stern, Carl
Duration:
00:01:40

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