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Chicago Seven defendant David Dellinger, May 25
Peace activist David Dellinger, one of the Chicago Seven arrested and tried for their part in the violent anti-war protests that broke out during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, in a Montpelier, Vermont, retirement home. He was 88. He was a pacifist who devoted much of his life to protesting. A member of the Old Left whose first arrest came in the 1930s during a union-organizing protest at Yale, he was a generation older than his Yippie co-defendants in the Chicago Seven case. At the Chicago Seven trial in 1969 and 1970, he and four co-defendants -- Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Rennie Davis and Tom Hayden -- were convicted of conspiracy to incite a riot at the Democratic convention. The convictions were overturned by a federal court, which cited errors by U.S. District Judge Julius Hoffman.
May 27, 2004