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Abbie Hoffman

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Abbie Hoffman

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Abbie &ldquo;Abbott&rdquo; Hoffman became one of the best known protesters of our time.  In 1968 he gained national attention when he was arrested during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  He and seven others were arrested and tried for &ldquo;conspiracy and &ldquo;inciting to riot.&rdquo;  The others arrested during his Vietnam  protest were, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, future California state senator, Tom Heyden,  and Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale.  Bobby Seale was removed from the original group and was tried separately, leaving the  group at seven.  Abbie made a mockery of the famous Chicago seven conspiracy trial, but was still sentenced to five years in prison.  No jail time was served as all convictions were overturned by the Seventh District Court of Appeals.<br />
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In 1973 Hoffman was arrested again, but this time on drug charges.  He claimed police planted a large quantity of cocaine in his office.  He skipped bail and went into hiding for several years, but still organized and coordinated many campaigns under the name of &ldquo;Barry Freed.&rdquo;  In 1980 he surrendered to the police and was jailed for one year.  After he was released, he continued protesting, and was arrested with a group of people including, Amy Carter as they protested the CIA&rsquo;s campus recruiting policies.  <br />
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In the sixties he proclaimed he didn&rsquo;t trust anyone over thirty.  When I photographed him he was 48 years old, and told me he trusted no one under 30, and said there was an alarming amount of  &ldquo;political rest&rdquo; on college campuses.  I believe he was very frustrated about the injustices in the world, and tried his best to change them.  In 1989 he took an overdose of Phenobarbital.  It was ruled a suicide, but many of his closest friends claimed it was accidental
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