John J. Abt, longtime general counsel of the Communist Party of the United States of America, lectured on "The Angela Davis Case: Fact vs. Fiction." Dismissed in 1969 from the philosophy faculty at UCLA because of her membership in the party and subsequently reinstated, Davis was charged as an accomplice in the 1970 abduction and murder of Superior Court Judge Harold Haley, and Abt was one of the first lawyers to join in her defense. In her 1972 trial, judging her ownership of the gun used to kill the judge insufficient evidence of her involvement in the crime, the jury found her not guilty.