The Art of the Courtroom #3

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley appears as a Defense witness in the trial of the Chicago 7
(Franklin McMahon; 1969)


Timmy said...

DEFENSE witness? For the Chicago 7? WHat universe did I awaken in today?

Tom Sutpen said...

I don't think he was ever officially declared a Hostile Witness, but he sure as shootin' wasn't called as a Friendly one either. Daley really didnt' have anything to testify to; he was called as part of the Defense team's Novelty roster (along with people like Judy Collins, Allen Ginsberg, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Timothy Leary, Lawrence Welk, Howard Hughes, Walter Pidgeon, Martha Raye, Gilbert Adrian, Norman Mailer, Meyer Lansky, Tommy Cooper, you name 'em); just to get him on the witness stand and ask him about matters of zero relevance to the matter at trial; thus generating a lot of sustained objections from exasperated US Attorney Thomas Foran (played by Edgar Kennedy).