A Small Slice of the Chicago Eight Trial

19 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2019

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Ellen S. Podgor

Stetson University College of Law

Date Written: September 15, 2019


The Chicago Eight trial was not the typical criminal trial, in part because it occurred at a time of society’s polarization, student demonstrations, and the rise of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Charges were levied against eight defendants, who were individuals that represented leaders in a variety of movements and groups during this time. This Essay examines the opening stages of this trial from the lens of a then relatively new criminal defense attorney, Gerald Lefcourt. It looks at his experiences before Judge Julius Hoffman and highlights how strong, steadfast criminal defense attorneys can make a difference in protecting key constitutional rights and values. Although judicial independence is crucial to a system premised on due process, it is also important that lawyers and law professors stand up to misconduct and improprieties.

Keywords: Chicago 7, Chicago 8, Ethics, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Podgor, Ellen S., A Small Slice of the Chicago Eight Trial (September 15, 2019). Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Vol. 50, 2019, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2019-8, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3454001

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