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Death Penalty / Sullivan #81930

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 30, 1983
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(Studio) Execution today of convicted killer Robert Sullivan reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Starke, Florida) Pro- and anti-death penalty demonstrations outside prison and details of Sullivan's execution examined; films shown. [Execution witnesses Doug HOYTE, Bert ROSELLE - relate Sullivan's last message, incl. appreciation to Pope John Paul II for his personal intervention.] Background to Sullivan's 1973 conviction for murder of Don. Schmidt recalled. [Rose SCHMIDT - notes husband didn't have decade to fight for life as did Sullivan.] Bishop's claim of possible alibi witness clearing Sullivan mentioned. [Bishop John SNYDER - feels circle of violence is being created.]
REPORTER: Mark Potter

(Studio) Supreme Court's refusal to hear capital punishment case and impact on Sullivan's appeal noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Chief Justice Warren Burger's concern that Sullivan's stay on death row may have been cruel and inhuman punishment and criticism of attys. outlined on screen, discussed. [Sullivan's attorney Eric FREEDMAN - is distressed over Chief Justice's perception of defense attys.] Issue of prolonged delays in capital punishment cases considered; Justice William Rehnquist's claim that Supreme Court itself is responsible quoted on screen. No. executions in recent years discussed; implications for those on death row considered.
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien Artist: Freda Reiter

Jennings, Peter;
O'Brien, Tim;
Potter, Mark

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