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California / Texas / Harris Execution / Death Penalty #586174

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 20, 1992
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: George Lewis) Legal maneuvering surrounding tonight's scheduled execution in California of convicted murderer Robert Alton Harris featured; 1978 scenes of him shown. ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) reported stating that gas chamber executions constitute cruel and unusual punishment. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) Dorothy EHRLICH - comments.] Photos shown of two San Diego teenagers Harris was convicted of killing. [WOMAN - says "gas him."] [Victim's father Steve BAKER - expresses hope that execution will take place.] Scenes shown of anti-death penalty demonstrators marching across the Golden Gate Bridge this morning. [Prison spokesman Vernell CRITTENDON - says Harris said his goodbyes.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) 1976 Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty recalled; map shown indicating states which have since passed laws permitting capital punishment and those which have carried out executions. Execution methods, number of people executed since 1977 in the United States and in Texas listed.

(Dallas: Jim Cummins) Use of the death penalty in Texas featured; call by the prosecution for the death penalty in the trial of accused mass murderer Eugene Broxton reported; courtroom scenes shown. [Houston prosecutor Johnny HOLMES - notes Texas ranking with regard to death row inmates.] [Texas criminal court Judge Ted POE - comments on executions.] Number of United States death row inmates noted; map shown indicating states where the majority of executions have occurred since 1976. [Law professor Frank ZIMRICK - predicts increase in executions.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Cummins, Jim;
Lewis, George

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