Froines, along with Lee Weiner, were the two forgotten defendants
at the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. Not individually charged
a riot, but rather with making incendiary devices (stink bombs),
and Weiner were acquitted by the jury.
Froines came to Chicago
as a chemist of considerable distinction, having graduated from
in 1963, then receiving his Ph.D. with a specialization in toxicology
industrial hygiene from Yale in 1967.
Froines activism dates
at least back to 1964, when he was chair of Students for Johnson at
He soon thereafter joined the S.D.S.. Later he founded the Radical
At trial, Froines appeared
to many observers to be a quiet, likable man with a well developed
of ironic wit. In his statement made at the time of
contempt convictions, Froines quoted the Oregon Constitution which
of the right of the people to "at all times alter, reform or abolish
government in a manner as they may think proper."
Froines joined the UCLA
faculty as a professor in its School of Public Health in
came to UCLA from a stint in the Carter Administration as OSHA's
of Toxic Substances.