Trials: Back to Chicago

It may be extravagant of Radical Organizer Rennie Davis to describe it as "the political trial of the century." But the trial of the Chicago "conspiracy" may well rank as one of the more significant legal confrontations of the decade between authority and dissent. The proceeding, due to open this week against eight radicals accused of conspiring to incite riots at last year's Democratic Convention, represents an extraordinary convergence of all of the political currents that have convulsed the U.S. during the '60s.

The Justice Department displayed an unwonted sense of history—even of...

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