This nation was in turmoil and choosing up sides. The man
in the White House was getting a message. He had set
a firm date for withdrawal from Cambodia. He was saying nothing
about Vietnam. On Sunday a Spokesman of Authority had come
to this Ohio campus. His National Guard was in command with
live ammunition. Sandra Lee Scheuer was struck in the neck
with a round from an M-l rifle. Her young body crumpled when
her windpipe was cut in two. Instantly. A nation was now at war
with its young. Instantly.
(From the dock.) Every boy in this town tonight who has
long hair is a Weatherman....SDS. I want to read to you what the
chief of campus police said....
(Making a sudden move in her direction.) Just a minute....
(looking at the audience). Now the rules of presenting evidence
wouldn't permit this....hearsay. Not admissable as evidence.
(The reporter stops and ponders his own edict. Rubs both hands
over and down the back of his head, closing eyes as in deep
thought, then looks into the front row.) Why not? I'm sure
that all this has been read into the record of one grand jury
or the other....so why not let you have a crack at it? One grand
jury actually got this case, but no one ever learned just what
happened....another high jury indicted the student body president.
Tonight, we don't play by the rules of evidence. We play by the