• Short Summary

    Earl Long, the 63/ year-old Governor of Louisiana - committed to a mental hospital two weeks ago - was filmed by Visnews entering the courthouse in Galveston, Texas for the hearing of his application for release pending the sanity inquiry.

  • Description

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    MS. Building.
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    2.
    Parked cars, police, crowd.
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    3.
    Car - university of Texas police. (CQ).
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    Long out of car.
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    Long to camera - up steps.
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    Long through door.
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    Photographers.
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    Sign on door - "District Court".
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    Initials JCM/MR/CW



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Earl Long, the 63/ year-old Governor of Louisiana - committed to a mental hospital two weeks ago - was filmed by Visnews entering the courthouse in Galveston, Texas for the hearing of his application for release pending the sanity inquiry.

    Twice recently Governor Long has startled the Louisiana State Legislature with 'tirades of uncontrollable shouting' and has had to leave the chamber.

    On May 30 he was taken from Baton Rouge, capital of Louisiana, to Galveston for treatment. Two days after his arrival in Galveston he was taken from the clinic and committed to a mental hospital on the petition of his wife and his cousin, a physician, after he had been certified as mentally ill.

    Today the court hear Major-General Hufft, the Adjutant-General of Louisiana say that Mr. Long was taken to Galveston by force after being drugged.

    In his petition to the court Governor Long said he was 'a Governor in exile by force and kidnapping'. He declared he had been drugged, tied to a stretcher and carried aboard a National Guard plane for the trip to Galveston at the instigation of his wife and his cousin Dr. Arthyr Long.

    During the proceedings he interrupted several times calling his cousin 'a horse doctor' and 'a loan shark'.

    The judge ended the hearing by ordering Mr. Long back to the clinic. The Governor left the court shouting: "Still in goal, still in goal. Texas style."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6ON1CQ484KI7AXI9H1NO81A2I
    Media URN:
    VLVA6ON1CQ484KI7AXI9H1NO81A2I
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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