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Tennessee Pardons and Paroles Scandal #56153

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 17, 1979
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(Studio) Pardons and paroles scandal in administration of Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton noted. Reaction to Blanton's sentence reductions for 52 convicted criminals during last week of term reported Blanton aides' statements about possible further commutations given.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Nashville, Tennessee) Reasons for unusu. amount of publicity surrounding Blanton's commutations stated. Background of pardons and paroles scandal in Tennessee given. Films shown and recent dvts. outlined, include FBI arrest of 3 Blanton aides on bribery chg's. [Representative Robin BEARD - comments on situation.] [Lieutenant Governor John WILDER - comments on possibility that commutations are statutory, even though pardons aren't.] Grand jury probe noted. Released prisoners Carl Burmeister and Roger Humphreys mentioned.
REPORTER: Jim Travis (WNGE-TV reporter and newstape)

Robinson, Max

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