The Reverend Philip Berrigan and Sister Elizabeth McAllister were found guilty on three lesser counts in the Harrisburg Conspiracy trial in Pennsylvania on Wednesday (April 5).
MV ZOOM IN Sister McAlister at desk
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SOF IN: "In many..."
SOF OUT: "....fairness".
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MCALISTER: "In many ways we are. We consider what has happened something of a victory because of what we were up against. The rejoicing that it is manifest among us at this point is something that does not hide our awareness of the shoddiness that we have seen in this courtroom through the whole process. It does point up the fact that the jury is often more just -- even a hung jury -- than either the judge or the justice Department. And that shows us that perhaps the work before us is to put more and more authority into the hands of the people. People frequently have a greater refusal to buy the government's paranoia, particularly with regard to conspiracy. The decision and non-decision in some respects underlines the initial absurdity of this case, it points to that much more than to judicial leniency or even fairness".
McAlister seated at desk commenting to press.
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Background: The Reverend Philip Berrigan and Sister Elizabeth McAllister were found guilty on three lesser counts in the Harrisburg Conspiracy trial in Pennsylvania on Wednesday (April 5). However, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the major charge in the alleged kidnapping bombing plot.
After the trial, Sister McAllister told newsmen: "I reel I won " -- although she could still face up to 30 years imprisonment on the lesser counts which involve smuggling letters in and out of Lewisburg Prison, where Father Berrigan was imprisoned two years ago.
The Key charge which deadlocked the jury was that Father Berrigan and his six co-defendants had conspired to kidnap Presidential Adviser Henry Kissinger, blow up heating tunnels in government buildings in Washington and raid draft boards.
SYNOPSIS: Sister Elizabeth McAlister, a co-defendant in the Harrisburg Conspiracy trial, talked with reporters after the jury deadlocked on the key charge.