He is noted as a member of the Chicago Seven, a group charged with involvement with the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Froines, who holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale, was charged with interstate travel for purposes of inciting a riot and with making incendiary devices. He and Lee Weiner were the only two defendants to be acquitted by the jury on both of the counts charged against them and contempt of court findings, which included those of Froines, by Judge Julius Hoffman were rejected in their entirety after an appeal. However, Froines' courtroom antics were mild compared to those of his other Chicago Seven co-defendants.
While still waiting for acquittal in the early 1970s, Froines was on the faculty at Goddard College in Vermont, where he taught chemistry. In January 1990, it was reported that Froines had been named director of UCLA’s Occupational Health Center. He later served as the Director of Toxic Substances at the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well. Froines also served as chair of the California Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants for nearly 30 years before resigning in 2013 amid claims that he conducted independent research with the panel while maintaining ties to other scientists who disapproved of the chemicals he was evaluating, creating a conflict of interest. He retired in 2011 from the UCLA School of Public Health, in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.
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- Edited with an introduction by Jon Wiener. Conspiracy in the Streets: The Extraordinary Trial of the Chicago Seven. Afterword by Tom Hayden and drawings by Jules Feiffer. New York: The New Press, 2006. ISBN 978-1-56584-833-7
- Edited by Judy Clavir and John Spitzer. The Conspiracy Trial: The extended edited transcript of the trial of the Chicago Eight. Complete with motions, rulings, contempt citations, sentences and photographs. Introduction by William Kunstler and foreword by Leonard Weinglass. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1970. ISBN 0-224-00579-0. OCLC 16214206
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