TRIALS: Extremists Acquitted

The trial was marked by vociferous disruptions from the two defendants —shouted insults at the judge and militant denunciations of the whole U.S. judicial system. Both defendants were periodically banished from the courtroom and listened to the proceedings over loudspeakers from adjacent rooms. Yet in a U.S. district court in New York last week, Joanne Chesimard, 26, and Fred Hilton, 20, reputed members of the radical, gun-toting Black Liberation Army, were acquitted of charges that they and two companions had robbed a Bronx bank in September 1972. The jury verdict ended their second trial on the charges,...

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