• Short Summary

    Charles Colson, who once said he would walk over his grandmother to help Mr. Nixon?

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    GV Newsmen crowded outside courthouse
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    SV Colson speaking to newsmen
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    GV Colson and wife walk through newsmen tocar
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    COLSON: "I don't think enough people have really understood why I entered the plea I entered. I did it because in my own heart I felt that perhaps I could help protect other defendants against their individual rights being abused in their defence and trial. I have committed mu life to Jesus Christ, I can work for the Lord in prison or out of prison. That's how I want to spend my life and what happened today is the Lord's will and the court's will and I of course accept that fully."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Charles Colson, who once said he would walk over his grandmother to help Mr. Nixon get elected, has become the highest ranking former Nixon aide to go to jail over a scandal related to Watergate.

    On Friday (21 June) he was sentenced to one to three years jail and fined five-thousand dollars (about 2,000 sterling) for spreading damaging information about Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the so-called Pentagon Papers to the news media.

    After he was sentenced Colson spoke to newsmen. Here is a transcript.

    SYNOPSIS: In Washington, Charles Colson, former special advisor to President Nixon, has been sentenced to up to three years in prison for his part in the Pentagon Papers scandal. He pleaded guilty to the charge.

    Colson is the highest ranking former Nixon aide to go to jail over a scandal related to Watergate. He was sentenced to one to three years jail for spreading damaging information about Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon papers, relating to a study of the Vietnam war, to the news media. Colson, who once said he would walk over his grandmother to help President Nixon's "hatchet man", pleaded guilty. In return charges relating to the burglary of the offices of Ellsberg's psychiatrist were dropped.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA20T2PKVAXV9Z52I0JP6BA8NMT
    Media URN:
    VLVA20T2PKVAXV9Z52I0JP6BA8NMT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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