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Chicago Trial Ends #449867

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 18, 1970
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(Studio) Chicago trial over; 5 defendants found guilty of going to Democratic Convention with intention of starting violence; 2 not guilty of anything; all 7 not guilty of conspiracy to incite riots. Those found guilty David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and Thomas Hayden. Those found not to be guilty John Froines and Lee Weiner. Those convicted asked for bail; Judge Hoffman refused.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Chicago, Illinois) Court cleared of spectators incling. relations of defendants; jury gave verdicts; outside people cheer and boo jurors; 500 demonstrators there. [Richard SCHULTZ - says defense object was to do to judicial system what defendants did in Chicago to conv.] [Thomas FORAN - says Judge Hoffman strict; not on any side.] Defense attys. and relations of defendants hold news conference [Paul POTTER - says verdict outrageous.] [Michele DELLINGER - says there will be action taken for what they have done to fathers and brothers.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Law under which they were convicted makes it crime to cross state line to incite violence; never been tested in court; believed unconstitutional.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

Briggs, Fred;
Huntley, Chet

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