ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 08, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's remarks to Los Angeles Bar Association in May with regard to leniency given rich and powerful in court convictions recalled. Disagreement with this statement of Attorney General Griffin Bell reported Film and interview with Bell shown. Bell is asked about former Attorney General John Mitchell. [BELL - notes that Mitchell and most Watergate figs. were 1st offenders; comments on sentences they might have received in other circumstances. Feels sorry for Mitchell; states reasons. Describes what he'd have given Mitchell as sentence; expects he would have pardoned Richard Nixon as Gerald Ford did. Doesn't know what President Carter would have done about Nixon.] Anchor asks Bell to describe self. [BELL - tries to give answers when asked questions; notes that in Washington, DC that's called being frank.] Upcoming further report on Bell noted. Bell's comments on Patty Hearst sentencing quoted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters