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Texas / Geter Case #81737

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 02, 1983
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(Studio) Sentence given Lennell Geter last March in Texas robbery for which he had reliable alibi recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tennessee Colony, Texas) Questions raised regarding fairness of Geter's trial examined; background to case reviewed. [GETER - hopes state realizes its mistake in convicting innocent man.] Geter's home state, SC, noted passing resolution asking Texas authorities to investigate and review Geter's case due to its questionable prosecution. [SC attorney general Travis MEDLOCK - has serious questions about fairness of Geter's trial.] [Texas prosecutor Ken CARDEN - defs. Texas justice.] Alibi offered by Geter's co-worker Deborah Cotton indicating physical inability of Geter to be at robbery scene outlined. [COTTON - is convinced of Geter's innocence.] Cotton said not called as witness at Geter's trial by his attys.; details given. [CARDEN - explains his commitment to belief that Geter is guilty.] Suspicious conclusions of Geter's polygraph exam discussed. [Geter's attorney Ed SIGEL - notes conditions under which test was administered, its inadmissibility as evidence.] [GETER - conts. to have faith in system.] Geter's co-cnsl. George Hairston's analysis of case from racial standpoint outlined. [HAIRSTON - feels client was condemned from the beginning; remains optimistic.]
REPORTER: Charles Murphy

Jennings, Peter;
Murphy, Charles

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