Davis and seven other defendants were charged with incitement to riot and conspiracy. Originally the Chicago Eight, they became the Chicago Seven when Black Panther frontman Bobby Seale saw his trial separated from the others.
Chicago Seven trial commemorated in Aaron Sorkin’s film The Chicago 7 trial, who captured the political theater at trial by Davis and the others. The seven defendants were acquitted of conspiracy, but Davis and four others were found guilty of inciting riot and sentencing to five years in prison. This verdict was overturned on appeal.