Melvyn Belli 1970-1971

Star Item
  • Add to Favourites
  • View as stills
  • Description

    Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Location of events unknown.

    C/Us of Melvyn Belli (a lawyer?) being interviewed. He talks of the kinds of cases his firm takes on - those that attract a lot of publicity. Interviewer mentions soldiers and "the Jack Rubies of the world". Interviewer says that Belli has a reputation of getting away with murder in the courtroom and Belli talks of acting in a dignified manner in court.

    Interviewer mentions the case of Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald and asks if that was the most fascinating case Belli took on. Belli talks of looking bad during the case. He mentions the Lee Shepherd (?) case, and mentions clamping down on pre-trial publicity. He talks of Richard Nixon saying Manson (Charles?) is guilty and predicts the outcome of the remark. Interviewer asks what is Manson's chance on trial when the President has made the remark. Belli says he will get a conviction, sentenced to death, it will be reversed, he'll be brought back and re-trialed and by then capital punishment will be outlawed in the United States. Belli talks of the Sirhan case.

    Asked if there is a case he would not take on, Belli says that the right to watch a dirty film or see a topless is the same right that one day may give you a right to go into a church of your choosing. He says if you're going to be a lawyer you can't be a moralist.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Archive
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1970 - 1971
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    91222
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    3293.02
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration
    00:04:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:07:00 / 01:11:06:00
    Canister:
    UN 4564 L
    Sort Number:
    UN 4564 L
  • Appears in...

    Collections
    Newsreels
    Categories
    Lifestyle & Culture Religion & Politics
    WorkSpaces
    JFK JFK Shelleybites
  • Stills

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.

All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment

To post a comment, please Register or to add a comment
Verbal warfare at its best. Here are some of history's greatest retorts and snarling insults. These people certainly didn't mince their words!
pope
British Pathe captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck.
Franz Reichelt
On 18 September 2014 Scotland goes to the polls to vote on independence. To mark this and in celebration of all things Scottish, British Pathé has created Scotland: The Heritage Collection.
scot

Related Videos

Hide
School With 26 Twins

School With 26 Twins

Derbyshire secondary school has 26 twins amongst their pupils.

First Night To Remember

First Night To Remember

Stars attend the premiere of the film 'Summer Holiday' in London.

Highlight  - The Singing Cinema Reel 5 & 6

Highlight - The Singing Cinema Reel 5 & 6

A documentary tracing the history of 35 years of musicals on film.

On 14th April 1912, four days into her maiden voyage, RMS Titanic struck an iceberg. These 15 images have been selected from Pathe's Titanic collection.
Titanic
August 2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War One. To honour this landmark occasion, British Pathé have launched this definitive collection of WW1 films.
yardstare
The Duke of Edinburgh has many talents, but it is his unique way with words that often receives the most attention. 
Philip
Over its history, the Pathe cameras filmed a number of people who had committed heinous crimes. So in no particular order, these images show ten faces of truly evil men and women.
Himmler
Are you guilty of perpetuating a story regardless of its truth? Here are some classic urban myths which you may not know are false.
Urban Legends
10 telling images selected from British Pathé's extensive WWI footage. 'The war to end all wars' was a war without parallel: over 70 million military personnel were involved and over 17 million people died.
WW1
Life before health and safety laws; men worked at huge heights, balancing on girders and cranes all in order to help build the world's tallest skyscrapers.
Vertigo
The images taken from inside Buchenwald Concentration Camp after its Liberation show us what it was like; it tells us what happened and forces us to remember.
Buchenwald