• Short Summary

    UNITED STATES AND ARAB LAWYERS ARE TAKING ACTION TO TRY TO SAVE THE LIFE OF SIRHAN, WHO WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY), FOR KILLING SENATOR ROBERT KENNEDY.

  • Description


    SIRHAN BROTHER LEAVING COURT: SKETCHES OF SIRHAN IN COURT: COMPTON SPEAKING (SOF): COPPER SPEAKING (SOF)



    TRANSCRIPT: COMPTON: "THAT'S A HARD THING TO ANSWER. THE PATTERN OF THOSE THINGS IN RECENT YEARS .... I WOULDN'T LOOK FOR IT IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE, LET'S PUT IT THAT WAY."



    COOPER: "IF THE VICTIM HAD NOT BEEN ROBERT KENNEDY AND HAD BEEN JUST UNKNOWN .... I THINK THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE PLEA OF GUILTY IN THE SECOND DEGREE. I'M NOT QUARRELLING WITH HIM ... I MEAN THEY WERE IN A DIFFERENT SITUATION HERE. BUT I MEAN IT, I BELIEVE IT. MATTER OF FACT I ALMOST KNOW AS A RESULT OF MY EXPERIENCES IN THE PAST, WITH THIS TYPE OF SITUATION, THIS TYPE OF EVIDENCE ... THEY WOULD HAVE ACCEPTED THE PLEA OF GUILTY IN THE SECOND DEGREE. IF ANY OF YOU WHO MAY LISTEN TO MY VOICE, THINK THAT THIS WILL ACT AS A DETERRENT IN THE KIND OF CRAZY MINDS THAT ASSASSINATE PUBLIC FIGURES .... IT'S HAPPENED BEFORE, AND I'M ASHAMED TO SAY, IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. IT CAN ONLY COME FROM THOSE WHO HAVE WARPED AND DISEASED MINDS. THIS VERDICT WON'T STOP IT. I HAD HOPED, AS I TOLD THE JURY, THAT THE CIRCLE OF VIOLENCE WOULD END HERE, BUT IT DIDN'T."




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    Background: UNITED STATES AND ARAB LAWYERS ARE TAKING ACTION TO TRY TO SAVE THE LIFE OF SIRHAN, WHO WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY), FOR KILLING SENATOR ROBERT KENNEDY. AFTER THE VERDICT A NEWS CONFERENCE WAS HELD AT WHICH BOTH THE CHIEF PROSECUTOR, MR. LYNN COMPTON, AND THE CHIEF DEFENCE COUNSEL, MR. GRANT COOPER, SPOKE.

    DEFENCE COUNSEL COOPER HAS FILED A MOTION FOR RETAIL FOR THE 25-YEAR-OLD JORDANIAN IMMIGRANT. UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW, SIRHAN GETS AN APPEAL FROM HIS DEATH SENTENCE DIRECTLY TO THE STATE SUPREME COURT. THE MOTION FOR A RETRIAL WILL BE HEARD ON MAY 14.

    CHIEF PROSECUTOR COMPTON, ASKED IF SIRHAN WOULD BE EXECUTED, TOLD NEWSMEN:
    DEFENCE COUNCIL COOPER WAS NEXT .......

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3HR5I363MV48KT1VA4HCXS1YQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3HR5I363MV48KT1VA4HCXS1YQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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