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Chicago Conspiracy Trial Ends #208279

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 18, 1970
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(Studio) Federal jury in Chicago found no conspiracy in violence at Democratic Convention in 1968.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Judge Julius Hoffman orders wives and families out while verdict being read; Abbie Hoffman's girlfriend taken out screaming. Jury reaching verdict came as surprise after thought to be deadlocked. Mrs. Gene Frits, on jury, seemed to be disturbed as verdict read. All defendants not guilty of conspiracy, but 5 guilty of crossing state line to incite riot; charges against Froines and Weiner, not guilty; David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Thomas Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin face prison terms of 5 years each for being found guilty. [Thomas FORAN - says verdict proves system works.] [Richard SCHULTZ - interviewed.] [FORAN - interviewed.] [Mayor Richard DALEY - says verdict proves some came to Chicago to riot.] [William KUNSTLER - says it is compromise verdict.] Kunstler plans to appeal 5 convictions.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas Artist: Howard Brodie

Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike

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