Former United States Army Lieutenant William Calley was released on Saturday (9 November). He had?
SV PAN Calley leaving Fort Leavenworth and enters vehicle
SV Calley entering court in Columbus (2 shots)
SV Calley leaving court (4 shots)
SCU Houston Gordon, Defence Attorney for Calley speaks to reporter
SCU & SV Gordon continues speaking to reporters (3 shots)
"Calley has been confined in the Army disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, since last June. Last night he was taken from Fort Leavenworth back to Fort Benn in Georgia where he spent almost three years under house-arrest.
"At a court hearing in nearby Columbus, Georgia, this morning, Calley appeared before the same Federal judge who had ruled that Calley's court martial conviction was unconstitutional. The Army is appealing. It was only a matter of minutes before Calley was freed on a one-thousand-dollar personal-signature bond, while his case in being resolved in court. True to form, Calley had no comment on today's proceedings, or about anything else. But he is said to be elated about his release. yesterday Army Secretary, Howard Calley, announced that Calley was scheduled to be paroled in ten days. In court today, the Army lawyer said the parole could be made immediately, in lieu of bail. But Calley's lawyer rejected offer."
GORDON: "What the army was trying to do was gut the substance of the bail. In other words keep restriction only, keep parole restrictions only, instead of releasing him on bail where there is no restrictions. And we are certainly not going to agree to anything that's going to place restrictions on him by the Army. In think he had entirely enough restrictions placed on him by the Army".
JONES: "What are Calley's plans now?"
GORDON: "He wants to return to a normal life. He wants to lead a life like the rest of us lead -- without people hounding him, without restrictions placed on him, It would be my anticipation that what he would like to do is to sink in anonymity like the res of us do."
"If Calley's court martial conviction should eventually be upheld in the courts, he would become subject again to Army restrictions. He could even again be back to military custody -- but that's not considered likely."
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Background: Former United States Army Lieutenant William Calley was released on Saturday (9 November). He had served three years of his 10-year sentence for the murders of 22 Vietnamese civilians in the village of My Lai.
He was freed to bail of 1,000 U. S. dollars (410 pounds sterling) after appearing briefly at a court in Columbus, before the same Federal Judge who ruled that Calley's court martial conviction was unconstitutional. The Army is now appealing while his case is being resolved in court.
His lawyer, Houston Gordon, said Calley would never have to spend another day in confinement.
Calley himself had no comment on his release. But he was said to be elated. His lawyer said he just wanted to go back a normal life and he would look for a job.
On Friday, Secretary of the Army, Howard Callaway, said in Washington, that he was granting Called parole from 19 November. In Court on Saturday an Army lawyer said the parole could be made immediately instead of bail. But Called's lawyer rejected the offer.
Calley -- now 31 -- was the only American convicted for taking part in the massacre of Vietnamese civilians in My Lai six years ago.
He was originally sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the murder. The sentence was later cut to 20 years and then -- last April -- to 10 years.