The trial of Angela Davis opened at its new venue of San Jose on Monday (31 January) under strict security.
SV INT People being frisked before entering court
SV People seated inside court room
SV Defence lawyer enters court
SV Prosecuting attorney enters wearing light suit and glasses
SV Angela Davis enters court and sits down.
SV Angela Davis seated, turns to talk to other (2 shots)
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Background: The trial of Angela Davis opened at its new venue of San Jose on Monday (31 January) under strict security. Miss Davis is accused of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy arising out of a shooting incident in August, 1970 in which a Superior Court judge died.
Although not present at the scene of the shootings, if Miss Davis is convicted she will be considered as guilty as the actual participants and the penalty for these charges is life imprisonment or death. It's alleged she helped supply the guns used in the 1970 court-house shooting.
The case has aroused much interest among blacks in the United States for whom Miss Davis has became a leading figure.
SYNOPSIS: The trial of Angela Davis opened on Monday at its new venue of San Jose, California, under some of the strictest security measures ever seen in the state's courts.
Among the first to arrive was Miss Davis' lawyer. Outside the court, there were arrests of some of her supporters who staged a demonstration near the court--which was declared a high-security area. The prosecuting attorney seen entered the court room as the opening stages of the trial got underway. Miss Davis, who entered shortly after, is charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy. The charges arise out of a shooting incident at a California courthouse in which a Superior Court judge and tree others were killed. It's alleged that Miss Davis supplied the guns used in the shooting. She was arrested in New York City last year.
Although not at the shooting, if Miss Davis is convicted, she'll be considered as guilty as the actual participants. And the penalty is life imprisonment or death. To many blacks, Miss Davis has become an important figure and they're watching the case closely.