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Chicago 8 Trial / Hoffman #200997

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 07, 1969
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(Studio) 2 police testify defendants taught judo and other tactics during conv. Court mood relaxed. Judge Julius Hoffman forgets to call jury in, and chuckles. Case to test 1968 law on crossing state lines to incite riot. Judge Hoffman is issue, too.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Judge is controversial. Opinions widely varied about him. He rules ctroom. and temper is short with anything out of ordinary. [Chicago Attorney Albert JENNER - says he is able attorney and confident of own opinions. Very articulate.] He found 6 Defense Attys. in contempt of court and jailed 2 for trying to pull out from case by telegram. [Former Defense Attorney Michael KENNEDY - calls him injudicious, intemperate, and impatient.] Got law degree in 1915 from Northwestern. Served as Attorney for Corporation until elected to Circuit Court In 1953, was apptd. to Federal bench by President Eisenhower. 1st North Judge to order school desegregation. 1 attorney says he loves the limelight. He has admitted his immodesty, aware of press stories, and works hard. Some think he's too sympathetic to government 1 says Judge considers himself Justice Department employee. [JENNER - says sometimes he's too severe, but he has sense of humor.] In 24 criminal cases tried by jury in his Court, all found guilty.
REPORTER: John Laurence Artist: Howard Brodie

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Laurence, John
Duration:
00:05:40

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