• Short Summary

    A woman who killed her baby after it was born damaged by Thalidomide is acquitted.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Liege. Mercy Gets The Verdict".

    Liege, Belgium. Mother is acquitted in Thalidomide baby killing trial.

    GV Pan down Palais de Justice in Liege. LV Pan, crowds outside lining up. LV Pan, van arriving carrying the five defendants. SV as the defendants get out of the van, Suzanne Vandeput gets out of the van. SV Dr Jacques Casters gets out followed by Jean Vandeput. LV Press photographers crowded outside courtroom. GV Int: crowded court waiting for verdict. SV Council waiting for verdict. LV Ext: crowds holding papers with Acquittal on them.

    LV Crowd pressing round exit to courtroom as defendants come out. CU The doctor being greeted by his wife, they kiss. SV Pan, as the doctor hugs his son, doctor crying. SV Crowds cheering the waving. SV Mrs Suzanne Vandeput standing by her car. SV Press photographers. CU Pan, from left to right, Monique de la Marck (Mrs Vandeput's sister) her mother Fernande Yerna, then Mr Jean and Mrs Vandeput.


    Cataloguer's Note: Mrs Vandeput was a Belgian woman who killed her child who was born with severe problems after she took thalidomide during pregnancy. She was acquitted of murder by the Belgian courts - MD.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:46:00 / 01:25:43:00

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