Hollywood, CA: Billy Dean Smith Defense Committee, Nd. [ca 1972]. Single sheet, 22cm x 28cm, folded to make four pages. Illustrated cover features a portrait of Smith surrounded by photographic insets of Nixon, Kissinger, and others. Heavily toned/discolored on front cover, but intact and with no effect on legibility; mild edgewear; Good or better.
Smith (b. 1948), an African-American U.S. Army Private from Los Angeles, was imprisoned in 1971, accused of murdering two superior officers with a hand grenade while they slept (a practice known in military vernacular as "fragging"). This flyer, issued by Smith's defense team, accuses the Army of using Smith (who had faced previous disciplinary actions and was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War) as a scapegoat for the many unsolved fragging cases in Vietnam, going on to state that Smith "...is the only man who faces the death penalty in our country today." The text contrasts Smith's alleged treatment with that of Lt. William Calley, a white officer, whose conviction following the My Lai Massacre resulted only in house arrest; and solicits funds to pay for Smith's defense. A list of contributors includes Shirley Chisholm, Ralph Abernathy, Ossie Davis, Jane Fonda, William Kunstler, Jessica Mitford, and many others. Smith was eventually acquitted. OCLC notes a single location (MSU).