The Law: The Chicago Trial: A Loss for All

AFTER five months of insult to the judicial process, the trial of the Chicago Seven ended. A glassy-eyed jury of ten women and two men retired to ponder whether the defendants were guilty of "conspiracy to incite" the riots that bloodied Chicago streets during the 1968 Democratic Convention. Appeals may go on for years. However, the grotesque trial went far beyond the question of whether seven assorted radicals actually started the melees. The real issue was the integrity of U.S. law in times of traumatic dissent. The defendants' outrageous antics in court...

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