RADICALS: The Divided Panthers

The charge: conspiracy to bomb public places in New York City and assassinate police. The courtroom atmosphere: chaotic, as scuffling and shouting became part of the daily docket in the pretrial hearings of 13 Black Panthers. Only after Judge John Murtagh stopped all action, presenting the prospect of indefinite jail stays, did the proceedings settle down to ten months of routine, producing little dramatic evidence and no political show reminiscent of the Chicago Seven trial.

Last week the case took an astonishing turn with the disappearance of Michael Tabor and Richard Moore,...

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