Chicago Seven Trial

The Chicago Seven were Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner—charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois on the occasion of the 1968 DNC. The trial began on September 24, 1969, and on October 9 the United States National Guard was called in for crowd control as demonstrations grew outside the courtroom. Early in the course of the trial, Black Panther Party activist Bobby Seale hurled bitter attacks at Judge Hoffman in court, calling him a “fascist dog”, a “honky”, a “pig”, and a “racist”, among other things. Judge Hoffman severed Seale (the 8th) from the case, sentencing him to four years in prison for contempt of court, one of the longest sentences ever handed down for that offense. Yippies Hoffman and Rubin mockingly appeared in court dressed in judicial robes. When the judge ordered them to remove the robes, they complied, to reveal that they were wearing Chicago police uniforms underneath. Both Davis and Rubin told the Judge “this court is bullshit.” 2/18/1970 the jury finds them not guilty of most charges.