The Trial of the Chicago 7: History, Legacy and Trial Transcript

June 14, 2021
The Trial of the Chicago 7: History, Legacy and Trial Transcript

This Madison & Adams edition presents the true story of theinfamous trial and all those included, together with the actualtranscript of the testimonies, closing arguments and the verdict.The trial of political activists accused of inciting riots duringthe Democratic National Convention of 1968 attracted nationalattention and exposed the depths of political and culturaldivisions at a crucial moment in the nation's history. The trial ofthe "Chicago Seven" became a defining event in public debates aboutthe Vietnam War, the student protest movement, and the fairness ofthe federal judicial process.The defendants and their lawyers used the courtroom as a platformfor a broad critique of American society and an almost anarchicchallenge to the legitimacy of governmental authority. The judge inthe case displayed open contempt for the defendants, and his ownunorthodox behavior threatened public confidence in the judiciary.The nearly five-month long trial illustrated the contentious andoften theatrical nature of public affairs during the late 1960s andearly 1970s.Witness TestimoniesBobby SealeAbbie HoffmanRennie DavisJesse JacksonNorman MailerRichard Daley (Mayor of Chicago) James Riordan (Deputy Chief ofPolice) Robert Murray (Police) Frank Riggio's Testimony (Detective)Irwin Bock's Testimony (Police) Closing ArgumentClosing Argument for the Defendants by William Kuntsler ClosingArguments on Behalf of the Government by Thomas Foran VerdictSentence