NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 23, 1984
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REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Fall River, Massachusetts) Portuguese communities' rally in support of gang rape defs. convicted recently in New Bedford incident and for acquitted defs. Jose and Vergilio Medeiros featured; films shown. [Committee for Justice spokesperson Alda MELO - claims verdicts were unjust.] Some protesters' claims that trial was influenced by defs.' Portuguese descent noted questioned in light of fact that victim, prosecutor and others involved are also Portuguese-Americans [Dist. attorney Ronald PINA - denies prejudice in case.] Committee for Justice said financing appeal for convicted rapists, due to be sentenced Monday
REPORTER: Nancy Fernandez
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