Chicago 8/7 conspiracy: 1968-70
The Chicago 8 (later 7) were prominent antiwar leaders charged with conspiracy to riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention.

Conspiracy trials were used across the country in an attempt to dampen antiwar demonstrations and keep leaders tied up in lengthy, expensive court battles.

All of the defendants in this trial were eventually cleared, but the government succeeded in causing considerable time and resources on the trials and subsequent appeals.

The trial of the Chicago 8/7 was the most prominent of these trials during the anti-Vietnam War and black liberation movement era of the 1960s-70s.
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