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This is an audio-enhanced version of Jazz Cabbage Cafe's famous clip.
In this special Jazz Cabbage Cafe interview with the legendary John Sinclair, hosts Rick Thompson and Jamie Lowell prod the hero to explain how his case with the White Panthers helped to bring down Tricky Dick, Richard Nixon.
When discovered on a Saturday, the Watergate burglars were removing wiretap devices they had previously installed. Why? Because on Friday, Rehnquist advised the White House that those taps were to be made illegal on Monday by action of the Supreme Court. Why? Because the government had used wiretaps on the White Panthers and the defense successfully argued they were not Constitutional. Why? To trap John Sinclair and jail him for sedition and anti-government activities. Sinclair was ALREADY in jail, given a ten-year sentence for selling two loose joints to an undercover officer. You may remember that story from the John Lennon song, "John Sinclair":
"It ain't fair, John Sinclair
Gave him ten for breathing air..."
Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and many other music artists of the day performed a special concert at Crisler Arena to draw attention to Sinclair's case; the Michigan Supreme Court released him, and 200 others, when they determined all cannabis laws in Michigan were unconstitutional.
This clip joins the regular broadcast in progress. With Debra Young, Colin MacDougall, Berg Berg and Mike Brennan. From October 6, 2020.