Captain Ernest Medina, who faces charges in connection with the My Lai massacre, left the United States with his attorneys yesterday for Vietnam.
CU Medina PULL OUT TO SV of his and military attorneys
LV Troops anti aircraft
CU Defence attorney speaks (SOUND ON FILM)
SV Medina and lawyers across tarmac and onto aircraft
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): KADISH: "We're going to Long Binh to take depositions of two Vietnamese nationals for preference in the case of Captain Medina. We've been ordered to take these depositions by order of the military judge at Fort McPherson, Georgia, to draw at the conclusion of our pretrial sessions which ended last week."
REPORTER: "Are these persecution witnesses or witnesses for the defence?"
KADISH: "The defence has not requested to take these depositions, we've ordered to take them by the military judge, these are prosecution witnesses. That is correct."
REPORTER: "Are you looking for anything that will help your case?"
KADISH: "well we're certainly going to try."
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Background: Captain Ernest Medina, who faces charges in connection with the My Lai massacre, left the United States with his attorneys yesterday for Vietnam. The trip is aimed at collecting depositions for use in Medina's court martial which is scheduled to begin on July 26.
Medina wouldn't talk to newsmen, but one of his attorneys, Captain Mark Kadish had this to say.....