Kidnapped heiress Patricia Hearst made another appearance in court in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. on?
SV Hearst escorted out and enters car after court hearing (2 shots)
CU Sketches of courtroom proceedings (4 shots)
SV Hearst defence attorney during new conference
CU Lawyer Hallinan reading affidavit
SV Hallinan surrounded by newsmen
CU Hallinan resumes speaking
CU Photographs of Hearst in bank holdup (2 shots)
REPORTER: The story that Patricia Hearst today began telling is a horror story of being captured, tortured, being driven to the brink of insanity from which she is only now beginning to return. That is her story. That will be her defence. She was in court for a hearing today ... her lawyers saying she was in too fragile a condition to take the witness stand...the judge saying he'll appoint psychiatrists to examine her because of all she claims to have been through. She did not speak in court but her affidavit was admitted...and it told her story...of being kidnapped, thrown into the front of a car, taken to a hideout and put into a closet for nine weeks. Her attorney read from the affidavit:"
"The suggestion there that she had been drugged, also was so weak she could hardly stand."
REPORTER: "That was the Hibernia bank holdup...and Patricia Hearst did exactly as she claims she was ordered to do, because--the affidavit says--she felt her mind clouding and feared she was losing her sanity."
HALLINAN: "She remained in this closet with her hands bound, blindfolded and no lights on. The closet was hot and extremely uncomfortable. When the blindfold was removed, she felt as if she were on an L.S.D. trip. Everything was out of proportion, big and distorted."
"After an interminable length of time--which seemed to her to be weeks--she was released from the closet and seated with the gang of captors. They were at that time discussing the robbery of a bank. She was instructed by them that she must accompany them to the bank, that she must allow herself to be photographed by the bank camera, and that, in addition, she must announce her name aloud so that everyone would know she was participating in the holdup."
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This film is also serviced with commentary by N.B.C. reporter Jack Perkins. A transcript appears overleaf.
REPORTER: JACK PERKINS
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Background: Kidnapped heiress Patricia Hearst made another appearance in court in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. on Tuesday (23 September) in an attempt to ask for bail to be restored so that she could return home to her parents.
In an affidavit read by her lawyer Terence Hallinan, Miss Hearst told the crowded court that she had been living in a fantasy-world induced by terror since her kidnapping by Symbionese Liberation Army (S.L.A.) members in February 1974. She claimed that she was driven to the brink of insanity and that her supposed conversion to the S.L.A. cause had been forced upon her by her captors.
Bail for Miss Hearst was set at half a million dollars (238,000 pounds sterling) by a San Francisco court last Friday, following her capture by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Thursday night, but was revoked by a later court decision.
U.S. District Judge Oliver Carter, presiding over Tuesday's courtroom session, also refused the heiress bail, but appointed a panel of three psychiatrists to examine Miss Hearst following her dramatic claims. He also accepted the suggestion of Miss Hearst's father, newspaper tycoon Randolph Hearst, that an expert in brainwashing techniques, Dr. Chalmers Johnson, join in the examination.
Miss Hearst sat silent in court as her defence lawyers argued that she was mentally incompetent to stand trial because of her experiences as a prisoner. They claim she is "too fragile" to take the witness stand.
Patricia Hearst faces a total of 20 charges in San Francisco and Los Angeles including taking part in the robbery of the Hibernia bank in San Francisco last April...an act she says she was forced into at gunpoint by the S.L.A.
Following the courtroom proceedings, defence lawyer Terence Hallinan read aloud Miss Hearst's affidavit at a news conference in the city. Parts of the statement appear on film and a transcript follows, in two sections. It tells of Miss Hearst's alleged treatment by the S.L.A. following her abduction: