In 1968, Kunstler defended the Catonsville 9, including priests and brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, and other religious activists who burned draft files to protest the Vietnam War, and he served as lead counsel in the trial of the Chicago 8, who were charged with inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. After the Chicago trial, Kunstler became radical, yelling “Power to the people” at public rallies.
"KUNSTLER in his remarks stated that the revolution in the United States would come in its own time. Since the history of revolution showed that they are nurtured and carried out by the middle class and since college students represent that class, than they may play an important part.
In answer to a question as to whether or not the election of George Wallace to the presidency would hasten the revolution, KUNSTLER replied that he did not think so, that the revolution would come in its own time. He cautioned, however, that one must be aware of the threat to the revolution from public officials who say that they are liberal and create the feel of liberalism but whose actions do not back up what they say.
KUNSTLER was critical of America’s role in Vietnam. He briefly mentioned some trials in which he had been associated, namely, ‘the Chicago 7,’ BLANK BLANK BLANK BLANK and indicated the charges in those cases are ridiculous and only indicate the desire of the Government to put down their critics.”
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