Chairman of the Black Panther Party, the bound
and gagged defendant in the Chicago Seven conspiracy case, and later
a candidate for mayor of Oakland, Bobby Seale, wrote parts of the
history of the Black Panther Party, Seize The Time, while in
the San Francisco County Jail, 1969-1970.
Seale's Chicago case was severed from the group
trial and Seale was sentenced to four years in prison for contempt
of court. He was sent to the San Francisco County Jail to await
extradition to Connecticut where he and Erica Huggins, the founder
of the Connecticut Black Panther Party chapter faced murder and
conspiracy charges for allegedly ordering the murder of a former
member of the Panthers. After two years of incarceration and a hung
jury, the charges were dropped.
More recently, Bobby Seale paid a visit to the
County Jail as a guest lecturer and urged the prisoner population to
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