ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 22, 1983
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(Studio) Georgia pardon and parole board said rejecting bid for pardon of Leo Frank, convicted, then lynched,in 1913 murder case.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Atlanta, Georgia) Murder of Mary Phagan recalled. Grave shown. Details of Frank case given. Photos shown. Anti-Semitism and Ku Klux Klan as factors in case noted. [Trial witness Alonzo MANN - recalls trial scene, and his fear of telling the whole truth.] Commutation of Frank's death sentence by Governor John Slayton recalled. Origin of Anti-Defamation League noted. Role of Nashville "Tennessean" in reviewing case 70 years later noted. Mann's info., kept secret by him, and his taking lie detector test noted. [MANN - believes Frank did not kill Phagan; that Jim Conley killed her.] [Georgia board Silas MOORE - explains board's action.] [Atlanta Jewish Federation Dr. Marvin GOLDSTEIN - is disappointed by board's action.] [MANN - says Frank deserved pardon.]
REPORTER: Rebecca Chase
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