Search the Archive

Chicago 8 / Conspiracy Trial #205717

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 26, 1969
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(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

Reporter(s):
Laurence, John;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:02:30

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.