• Short Summary

    LIEUTENANT WILLIAM L. CALLEY WAS YESTERDAY (MONDAY) FOUND GUILTY OF THE PREMEDITATED MURDER OF 23?

  • Description

    1.
    MLS CALLEY LEAVING COURT UNDER ESCORT & WALKS TO POLICE CAR & DRIVES AWAY
    0.27

    2.
    MCS CALLEY'S COUNSEL LATIMER ADDRESSES PRESSMEN
    2.42

    3.
    MLS MEMBERS OF COURT LEAVE COURTROOM & CAPTAIN DANIEL SPEAKS TO NEWSMEN
    2.56


    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 2: LATIMER: WELL, HOW WOULD ANYBODY FEEL AFTER A FINDING LIKE THAT? I FEEL VERY BADLY, I THINK IT'S A HORRENDOUS DECISION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND FOR MY CLIENT. AND, ER, I'M NOT GOING TO SAY ANYTHING FURTHER UNTIL I SEE WHAT COMES OUT OF THE SENTENCING TOMORROW.



    REPORTER: HOW DOES LIEUTENANT CALLEY FEET (INDISTINCT)?



    LATIMER: WELL, I HARDLY THINK I NEED EXPLAIN THAT WHEN THE NATURE OF THE FINDINGS...OF COURSE THE MAN WOULD BE JUST ABSOLUTELY CRUSHED AND....



    REPORTER: (QUESTION COMPLETELY INDISTINCT)



    LATIMER: WELL, THAT I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT. I SAY NO AND SOMEBODY SAYS YES. BUT THEY'VE GOT THE ARMS AND I DON'T HAVE THEM.



    REPORTER: YOU WILL APPEAL, WON'T YOU?



    LATIMER: MOST CERTAINLY.



    REPORTER: YOU SAID THIS WAS A TRAGIC VERDICT - WHY DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT?



    LATIMER: WELL, I FEEL THAT WAY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THIS BOY'S A PRODUCT OF A SYSTEM - A SYSTEM THAT DRAGGED HIM UP BY THE ROOTS, TOOK HIM OUT OF HIS OWN COMMUNITY, PUT HIM INTO THE ARMY, TAUGHT TO KILL, SENT HIM OVERSEAS TO KILL. GAVE HIM MECHANICAL WEAPONS TO KILL, GOT HIM OVER THERE AND ORDERED HIM TO KILL. AND THE VERY SAME DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT THAT DOES THAT, COMES BACK THEY APPOINT THE JUDGE, THEY APPOINT THE COURT, THEY APPOINT THE PROSECUTOR, AND THEY APPOINT EVERYBODY IN THE MILITARY SYSTEM UNTIL SUCH A TIME AS IT GETS BEYOND THE COURT OF MILITARY REVIEW. AND I SAY THAT THAT'S ONE DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT THAT BRINGS THEM IN.. BRINGS ABOUT THE RESULTS AND THEN TRIES THEM...THE SAME DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT TRIES THEM. I'VE ALWAYS CONTENDED THIS SHOULD'VE BEEN TRIED BY A JURY AND NOT BY A MILITARY COURT.



    REPORTER: WHO'S TO BLAME (INDISTINCT)



    LATIMER: WELL, THAT GOES BACK INTO THE QUESTION OF WHO'S TO BLAME FOR WAR. I THINK SOCIETY AND THE COUNTRY ITSELF HAS TO TAKE A LARGE MEASURE OF THE BLAME FOR MY LAI. WHEN YOU TRANSPORT YOUR SOLDIERS OVER INTO FOREIGN LANDS, FOREIGN CUSTOMS, YOU TEACH THEM TO GO OUT AND YOU EXCITE THEM UP, YOU GET THEM IN A FEVER PITCH AND YOU TURN THEM LOOSE OUT IN THE AREA TO KILL EVERYTHING THAT MOVES. I THINK WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SYSTEM HAS A LARGE DEGREE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS WHOLE THING.



    SEQ 3: CAPTAIN DANIEL: "GENTLEMEN, THESE PROCEEDINGS HAVE NOT YET BEEN CONCLUDED AND UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY ARE FINALLY CONCLUDED, THE PROSECUTION WILL NOT MAKE ANY COMMENT UPON PROCEEDINGS AT THIS TIME."




    Initials SGM/2244 SGM/2312


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    Background: LIEUTENANT WILLIAM L. CALLEY WAS YESTERDAY (MONDAY) FOUND GUILTY OF THE PREMEDITATED MURDER OF 23 PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE VILLAGE OF MY LAI ON MARCH 16, 1968. THE MILITARY JURY SPENT 13 DAYS CONSIDERING ITS VERDICT - A RECORD IN UNITED STATES MILITARY HISTORY - AFTER A TRIAL WHICH LASTED FOUR MONTHS.

    WHEN THE VERDICT WAS ANNOUNCED, 27-YEAR-OLD LIEUT. CALLEY SEEMED TO TAKE THE NEWS CALMLY, STANDING TO ATTENTION AND SALUTING THE JURY FOREMAN BEFORE AND AFTER THE VERDICT WAS READ OUT. IMMEDIATELY AFTER, HE WAS ESCORTED TO THE POST STOCKADE AT FORT BANNING.

    THEN, DEFENCE ATTORNEY GEORGE LATIMER LEFT THE COURTROOM AND WAS SURROUNDED BY REPORTERS WHO ASKED HIM HOW HE FELT AT THE VERDICT. HE REPLIED:
    AS THE MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY COURT LEFT THE COURTROOM, THEY TOO WERE SURROUNDED BY THE NEWSMEN, AND CAPTAIN AUBREY DANIEL SAID:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8EWRR75GKWOIUO8ZMLXX65F13
    Media URN:
    VLVA8EWRR75GKWOIUO8ZMLXX65F13
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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