Protest: The Disruptive Dozen

Disappointed when the seven radicals charged with inciting the 1968 Chicago riots were acquitted on the conspiracy counts against them, the Justice Department has been searching for a new opportunity to test the effectiveness of federal law in dealing with disruption. Now it has another chance.

Last October, members of the Students for a Democratic Society's ultramilitant Weatherman faction battled Chicago police, smashed windows and beat up hapless passers-by in a futile attempt to disrupt the conspiracy trial. Last week a federal grand jury indicted twelve of their leaders for conspiring, and...

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