Black Panther leader Bobby Seale’s conspiracy to riot charge is dropped.
1970 (Oct 19)
U.S. district court Judge Julius J. Hoffman dismissed the government's conspiracy charges against Bobby Seale, chairman of the Black Panther party. Attorney William J. Bauer had asserted that "it would be inappropriate to try Seale alone on a conspiracy charge." Seale was one of eight defendants charged with conspiracy to cross state lines with intent to riot at the 1968 Democratic national convention in Chicago. Hoffman severed Seale's case after the Black Panther leader had bitterly denounced the manner in which the jurist handled the trial. Seale's co-defendants, all whites, were subsequently acquitted on the conspiracy to riot charges. But Seale still faced a four-year prison term on contempt of court charges in Chicago and charges of kidnapping and murder in connection with the slaying of a New York Black Panther party member.