A five-man military jury on Wednesday (22 September) acquitted U. S. Army Captain Ernest Medina?
MV Medina and wife down courthouse steps
CU Medina walks to microphone and joined by wife
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 3): REPORTER: "You've been quiet up to this point. Now I think you can speak without hesitation. What's your reaction?"
MEDINA: "I'm extremely happy. I just don't know what other words I can use to express it. I've always had complete faith in the military, in the military justice system, I'm extremely happy."
REPORTER: "What are you going to do now?"
MEDINA: "I stated before that in my own opinion I would have to resign, and that's what I intend to do."
REPORTER: "Do you plan to go back to Montrose?"
MEDINA: "No I don't. I don't know erectly what I'm going to do. I don't know exactly how soon I'll be able to leave the service, but that is my intentione."
MEDINA: "I don't know the exact procedure, I've never looked into it. I'm going to have to find out what the procedure is and take the necessary steps."
REPORTER: "Mrs. Medina, how do you feel? You look very happy."
MRS. MEDINA: "I feel very happy, I can't express it any differently."
REPORTER: "What has this trial been like? Has it been an ordeal?"
MRS. MEDINA: "Yes it certainly has."
MEDINA: "It's been a long time gentleman, glad it's all over."
REPORTER: "Did you think it would go on this far?"
MEDINA: "No I didn't, I thought it would go on a bit longer, I'm glad that it didn't."
REPORTER: "How did you manage to hold in all of your emotion in that courtroom? You locked like the great Stoneface."
REPORTER: "Mrs. Medina, do you remember what you were thinking seconds before the verdict was entered?"
MRS. MEDINA: (INDISTINCT)
REPORTER: "Thank you very much."
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Background: A five-man military jury on Wednesday (22 September) acquitted U. S. Army Captain Ernest Medina on all charges arising out of the My Lai massacres of March 1968 in which more than 100 South Vietnamese civilians died.
Outside the courtroom, Captain Medina (35) and his wife Barbara were questioned by reporters. Medina confirmed that he would apply for discharge but said he did not plan to return to his home town of Montrose, Colorado.
This film, shot by the National Broadcasting Company, was telerecorded by Visnews. We apologies for the poor sound quality.