Was it the “Chicago Seven” or the “Chicago Eight” who were tried for inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention?

They began as the “Eight” but were reduced to the “Seven” when defendant Bobby Seale’s case was declared a mistrial.

Tried in 1969-70 for crossing state lines to riot and conspiring to use interstate commerce to induce rioting at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, the remaining seven were:

Rennie Davis
David Dellinger
John Froines
Tom Hayden
Abbie Hoffman
Jerry Rubin
Lee Weiner

Froines and Weiner were found not guilty of either charge. The other five defendants were convicted of crossing state lines to riot, but their convictions were overturned on appeal.

Most of the contempt-of-court findings against the defendants, made in response to their defiant and satiric behavior in the courtroom, were also overturned.

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