Invoking Summary Criminal Contempt Procedures–Use of Abuse? United States v. Dellinger –The “Chicago Seven” Contempts

In late August of 1968, while delegates to the Democratic National Convention were arriving in Chicago, a group of several thousand demonstrators gathered in the city’s Lincoln Park to protest the Convention, the Vietnam War, and the city’s refusal to grant the group a permit to hold rallies and marches during the Convention. The week that followed was marred by violent confrontations between the demonstrators and the city’s police.1 This violence in Chicago provided the impetus for an indictment by a federal grand jury of the defendants in United States v. Dellinger.