CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 26, 1969
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(Studio) Prosecution and defense give opening statements at trial of 8 accused of conspiring to start riot at Democrat Ntl, Convention Govt. calls David Dellinger as main architect of riots.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Chicago, Illinois) 2 defense attys. who want out held in contempt of court because they didn't show up on 1st day. Gerald Lefcourt and Michael Tigar enter court, under armed guard. Locked up when they left. Judge Julius Hoffman orders them to sit with defendants although defendants don't want them. They do want Charles Garry, who is temporarily indisposed. Black Panther leader, Bobby Seale, accuses Judge of denying him Const. right of legal cnsl, of choice. Seale suggests Judge is racist. Judge calls him absurd and advises him not to speak As defendants introduced to jury, Tom Hayden raises fist in salute. Judge says no fist shaking. Abbie Hoffman blows kiss to jury. Assistant United States Attorney Richard Schultz cites prosecution's objections. Defense Attorney William Kunstler says group came to city to protest Vietnam and Chicago itself conspired to terrorize and destroy protesters.
REPORTER: John Laurence Artist: Howard Brodie