This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Supreme Court: Jim Stewart) The Supreme Court’s decision that the death penalty may not be applied to anyone who committed a crime before age 18 examined; details given about the cases of Lee/John Malvo, Timothy Davis & Robert Acuna; opinions from Justices Anthony Kennedy & Sandra Day O’Connor quoted. [Juvenile inmate’s mother Barbara ACUNA†- argues against the death penalty.] [Victim’s mother Dianne HOUK†- says Texas murderer Whitney Reeves†† knew very well what he was doing.] [Death Penalty Information Center Richard DEITER†- comments on international pressure.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Chicago: Cynthia Bowers) The murders of Michael Lefkow & Donna Humphrey, the husband & mother of federal Judge Joan Lefkow, who once was targeted by a hate group because of a previous ruling, featured; details given of the earlier conviction of white supremacist Matthew Hale for trying to kill Judge Lefkow. [Chicago Police Department Chief of Detectives James MOLLOY- comments on possible motives.] [Southern Poverty Law Center Mark POTOK- notes Hale hated Lefkow.] [Retired federal Judge William BAUER- comments on the vulnerability of judges to death threats.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Murder charges against BTK suspect Dennis Rader, who will not face the death penalty under Kansas law, reported; scenes shown from Wichita.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s statement that there is evidence linking last week’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, to Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian militant group based in Syria, noted.
(Beirut: Elizabeth Kaledin) Demonstrations in Beirut, Lebanon, demanding Syria’s withdrawal of its troops; statement from Syrian President Bashir al-Assad quoted. [On the street, 2 LEBANESE – speak against Syria.] [Syrian Media Center, London director Yahya al-ARIDI- says Syria is there to help Lebanon.] [In London, RICE – says Syria is out of step with the aspirations of the people of the Middle East.] [Political analyst Paul SALEM- comments on Arab examples of democracy.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) A day of mourning in Iraq for victims of the Hillah suicide bombing, which was claimed by the Iraqi arm of Al Qaeda, noted; scenes shown of funerals; insurgent video shown of French reporter Florence Aubenas abducted in January.
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Bush’s road trip to promote his plan for changing Social Security noted.
(Sunrise City, Florida: Thalia Assuras) The efforts of Congressmembers to push their views on Bush’s plan in their districts featured. [Representatives Clay SHAW, Debbie Wasserman SCHULTZ, senior MAN, younger MAN - offer opinions.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) An FBI agent’s testimony that Ahmed Abu Ali has admitted to plotting to assassinate President Bush reported; courtroom sketches by William Hennessy shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) US casualty figures for Iraq cited.
(Ft. Carson, Colorado: Lee Cowan) The return to Iraq for amputee Capt. David Rozelle, who lost his foot on his previous duty, featured; photos shown of Rozelle biking, hiking and finishing the New York City Marathon; scenes shown of Rozelle signing his book “Back in Action.” [ROZELLE – explains his determination to go back.] [Wife Kim ROZELLE- comments.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The snowstorm on the East Coast and the impact of heavy rains in the Los Angeles area noted; scenes shown of snow in Plymouth, Massachusetts, & Wilmington, Delaware, and of a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that is threatened by mudslides.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Figures showing the over half the US population is concentrated in coastal counties noted; map shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) The battle for civil rights during the anchor’s 40-year career remembered; footage shown; details given about notable figures, including James Meredith & Medgar Evers. [In 1962, MEREDITH – says every citizen should have an opportunity to receive an education in his own state.] [Civil rights activist Charles EVERS- comments on the struggle & his brother’s assassination.]