News of the day/this day in history for November 4, 1995 - Pittsburgh police facing criminal homicide charges in the beating death of motorist Johnny Gammage. Rolando Cruz, prisoned for 12 years and facing two death sentences for kidnapping/murder is freed on the grounds of lack of evidence. Timothy McVeigh trial continuing as is the trial of Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega. Typhoon Angela leaves Philippines but not before taking an estimated 250 lives with it.
November 4, 2011

Rolando Cruz - 12 years worth of prison and two Death Sentences before somebody said "oops . .wrong guy!"

A day where judicial arms were flapping wildly in the breeze, this November 4th in 1995. In Pittsburgh, one of the biggest Police Brutality cases since the Rodney King trial in Los Angeles centered around the beating death of motorist Johnny Gammage at the hands of Pittsburgh police. This time it was unanimous that criminal homicide charges were filed against the cops. At the other side of jurisprudence was the case of Rolando Cruz, sentenced to two Death Penalties and having spent 12 years in prison suddenly found himself a free man when it was determined the case against Cruz lacked evidence. In this case not only was Justice blind, it took forever.

The trial of former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega lumbered along, as was the case of Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing trial.

Courtrooms on this day were busy.

In other news - Typhoon Angela finished its work on the Philippines by leaving 250 dead in its wake. The forever ongoing Capitol Hill budget battle stammered along, with Republicans touting attached EPA gutting measures in their version of the Bill. President Clinton vowed to veto. Another bill was giving Clinton a rethink. This one having to do with the Republican Welfare package being presented.

And employees of the McDonnell-Douglas plant in Southern California were getting an early Christmas present as word came down of an additional order for C-17 Cargo Planes.

All on this particular November day in 1995 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.

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