ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 18, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Stark, Florida) Impact of capital punishment, both on crime rate and society's mentality, examined; findings of recent Gallup poll mentioned. [PEOPLE - quote Exodus in support of death penalty.] No. executions since Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976 outlined. [Death row inmate Carl SONGER - is fatalistic.] No. inmates on Florida's death row and state's recent execution of J.D. Raulerson mentioned. Songer's murder of local police ofr. recalled. [SONGER - acknowledges his anger at the world.] [Governor Robert GRAHAM - notes slain ofr. hasn't had chance to change life.] [SONGER - considers Graham's motives.] [GRAHAM - believes death penalty is deterrent.] [University of Florida professor Michael RADELET - cites lack of supporting evidence that death penalty is deterrent.] Racial and socioecon. discriminatory use of capital punishment considered. [ACLU spokesperson Henry SCHWARZSCHILD - describes discriminating application of death sentence.] [SONGER - quotes Matthew.]
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld