In California: A Trial of Angels

They were the scourge of the '60s, members of a minor, mean-spirited motorcycle club, raised through their own viciousness and the fascination of the press to the status of ravening Huns. For the past seven months a clutch of Hell's Angels has been on trial in San Francisco's Federal Building, accused of having spent the '70s conspiring to be racketeers. The proceedings are known officially as The United States of America vs. Ralph Barger Jr., et al.

The case began last June, with brightly televised mass arrests and dark allusions in the press to...

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