United States Vice-President Spire Agnew flew to Palm Springs, California, on Friday (28 September 1973) to spend a quiet weekend at the home of his friend, singer Frank Sinatra.
SV PAN Lawyer arriving at Baltimore courthouse
CU Agnew's Affidavit
SV PAN & MV Lawyer out of court and away (2 shots).
LV Plane arrives
SV Policeman Zoom into GV car away.
GV Gates closing at Sinatra House.
Los Angeles picture of Nixon ZOOM OUT to GV Connally speaking and guests listening (2 shots)
SV's Connally with family and audience applauding.
SCU Connally speaking
"In the minds of a great many people, he's already been convicted, of what they don't know, but largely because of transgressions of trust and transgressions of responsibility and duty, leaked out of the Grand Jury, out of the Justice Department and other places in this Government, he is indeed under attack in a manner unprecedented in the history of this country. And whatever the merits of the case, he is entitled to fair treatment under the judicial system of there United States. (APPLAUSE) And I, like you, hope and pray that the facts are such that he's completely venerated and that he is leaded found guilty and all of as ??? admire the fighting ??? that he manifests at every turn."
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The following is transcription of Mr. Connally's speech on film:
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Background: United States Vice-President Spire Agnew flew to Palm Springs, California, on Friday (28 September 1973) to spend a quiet weekend at the home of his friend, singer Frank Sinatra. Meanwhile, his lawyers in Baltimore, Maryland, have moved to squash a Grand Jury investigation into allegations that he accepted bribes while Governor of the State. In one motion filed on Friday at the Baltimore Federal Court, the attorneys argued that leaks of the probe by the Justice Department had robbed the Vice-president of any chance of receiving fair judgment. In another, the lawyers claim that to continue the proceedings would be unconstitutional as the Vice-President could not be indicted, unless previously impeached.
But U.S. Attorney, George Beall, who is in charge of the investigation, said the examination would continue. And the Justice Department, in a strongly-worded statement, denied that it was trying to drive Mr. Agnew from office.
The Vice-President made only one break in his weekend - to address the National Republican Women's Convention in Los Angeles. It was at this gathering on Friday that John Connally, who has been tipped as a possible successor to Mr. Agnew, declared in an unfortunate slip of the tongue, that he hoped the Vice-President is "indeed found guilty".
SYNOPSIS: A lawyer acting for United States Vice-President Spiro Agnew came to Court in baltimore on Friday. In the first move to combat the Grand Jury probe into charges that Mr. Agnew accepted bribes while he was Governor of Maryland, he filed an affidavit arguing that the investigation contradicted the Constitution. It said the Vice-president could not be indicted without impeachment. But U.S. Attorney George Beall, who is in charge of the probe, said it would still continue.
Meanwhile, Mr. Agnew himself was flying from Washington to Palm Springs in California, for a quiet weekend away from the crisis.
Tight security guarded the Vice-President and his aircraft. Newsmen were kept well away, as he did not want to answer any questions.
Mr. Agnew would be spending the weekend at the home of his close friend, Frank Sinatra Secluded by the singer's high walls, the Vice-President would rest out of the public eye. He would emerge only once - to make a brief appearance at the National Republican Women's Convention in Los Angeles, on Saturday. It was there on Friday that a man who has been tipped as his possible successor leaped to his defence. But former Texas Governor John Connally, a recent recruit to the Republic had an unfortunate slip of the tongue and voiced the hope that Mr. Agnew would be found guilty.