Lieutenant William Calley heard the sentence of "life imprisonment" passed yesterday (Wednesday) in the Fort Benning Courtroom, where he has been on trial for the past four months for the killing of 23 people in the South Vietnam village of My Lai.
SV PAN Calley escorted out of courtroom & into car
SV Chanting onlookers
SV PAN Calley out of car & into prison
SV Jury coming out of courtroom (2 shots)
SV Western Union Office
CU Telephone girls taking calls
CU Telegram forms (2 shots)
SV ZOOM Calley reading telegrams
SV Calley's defence counsel opening telegrams of support
SCU ZOOM OUT Calley looking at Counsel opening telegrams
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PROD NO. 2994/71: USA - LIEUT. CALLEY STAYS HOME WHILE WAITING FOR JURY TO BRING IN VERDICT ON MY LAI MASSACRE TRIAL.
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Background: Lieutenant William Calley heard the sentence of "life imprisonment" passed yesterday (Wednesday) in the Fort Benning Courtroom, where he has been on trial for the past four months for the killing of 23 people in the South Vietnam village of My Lai. At the same time, hundreds of people gathered outside the Military Courthouse to cheer support of the condemned man - and condemnation of the six-man jury who tried him.
Throughout the country, meanwhile, thousands of letters, telegrams and telephone calls have bene pouring in to Government and Military offices, newspapers, radio and television stations and the White House itself - supporting Calley and asking that the sentence be reconsidered in view of the fact that people feel "society", the "system" and the Army are equally, if not more, to blame than Calley himself.
News this evening (Thursday), says that President Nixon has personally ordered Lieut. Calley to be released from the stockade and permitted to live in officers' quarters at Fort Benning during the course of the appeals which will now commence. This is seen by observers as a Presidential concession to the mounting public reaction to the sentence of the 27-year-old Calley. In view of this news, we draw your attention to a telerecorded film we serviced on March 17, showing the quarters in which Lieut. Calley was living - and will now continue to live: