• Apr 25, 2005

The Angela Davis Trial: 33 Years Later

The Angela Davis Trial: 33 Years Later took place on Monday, April 25, 2005.

The dynamic 1972 death penalty trial of Angela Davis was a focal point in the civil rights movement and served as a blue print for modern day litigation. Attorneys Leo Branton, Margaret Burnham, Howard Moore, and Doris Brin Walker, pioneered the concepts of using the media, jury consultants, and Johnnie Cochran-style courtroom theater in trial. Additionally, this defense team was one of the first to successfully show the scientific unreliability of eyewitness testimony. Saturday School hosted Angela Davis, her family, and her legal team to discuss the case, the legal strategy, the courtroom innovations, and the results of the infamous Angela Davis Trial of 1972.

Guests included: Professor Angela Davis, Leo Branton, Howard Moore, Fania Davis, Ben Davis, Jr., Reggie Davis, Doris Brin Walker, Professor Margaret Burnham, Barbara Ratliff and Eisa Davis. Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. moderated this historic event.