NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 06, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Ventura, California: Jack Reynolds) New ploy used by attys. in California to help client avoid death penalty, called death ritual testimony, examined; Howard Brodie's testimony cited as example [BRODIE - describes execution.] [Prosecutor Sterling NORRIS - explains his opposition to such testimony.] [Attorney Fred ALTSCHULER - notes impact of death ritual testimony on jury.] Judge Robert Shaw's consideration of issue in sentencing trial of convicted killer Tim Morris noted hinging on testimony of prison guard Joe Ferretti; details given. [FERRETTI - describes inmates' deaths; can't explain his support for death penalty while refusing to act as executioner himself.] Dilemma of capital punishment considered.