Angela Davis was a UCLA professor fired for her Communist beliefs who faced the death penalty when a gun registered in her name was linked to the murder of a Marin County judge.
Davis, who was brought to trial after several months as a fugitive, was acquitted by an all-white jury at a sensational 1972 trial. The stunning outcome was credited in part to the compelling courtroom style of Leo Branton, her co-lead defense attorney. Branton died Friday at the age of 91.
Here’s a look at some of the coverage of the trial in the Los Angeles Times.