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Massachusetts / Gang Rape Trials #89149

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 23, 1984
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(Studio) Sentencing for those convicted of Massachusetts gang rape said set for Monday; trials' impact on Portuguese community noted.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Fall River, Massachusetts) Rally demonstrating support for defs. featured; "star" status of acquitted Jose and Virgilio Medeiros cited as example [Rally organization Alda MELO - claims acquittals mean no cheering occurred during assault.] Community's objection to national publicity about the attack discussed. [Manuel NETO - explains his reaction.] Victim, also of Portuguese descent, said satisfied with convictions. [NOW spokesperson Priscilla LEITH - is pleased with jury's findings.] Victim reported moved to undisclosed location and given police protection due to community hostility.
REPORTER: John McKenzie

Koppel, Ted;
McKenzie, John

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