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Supreme Court / Death Penalty #54961

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 03, 1978
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(Studio) Execution of Gary Gilmore recalled. Supreme Court action against Ohio death penalty law said casting doubt on future of death penalty. Court ruling explained.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

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(DC) 1974 slaying of Julius Graber by Willie Bell and Sam Hall recalled. Film of scene shown. Conviction of Bell and Hall noted. Bell's possible ignorance that robbery would end in murder noted. Bell's argument against death penalty for unwilling accomplice noted. [BELL - explains his position.] Supreme Court action said lifting penalty from Bell and 99 others in Ohio, as well as some in other states. Chief Justice Warren Burger's decision quoted, written on screen. Court's procedural rulings with regard to death penalty said to decrease likelihood penalty will ever again be commonly used.
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien Artist: Freda Reiter

Donaldson, Sam;
O'Brien, Tim

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