Sanders was at the trial? I thought only Curtis Gentry was there.
Sanders covered the trial for the Los Angeles Free Press. Initially the Freep and other underground newspapers were sympathetic to Manson, believing that Manson et al were being accused of the murders because of their communal lifestyle. Sanders articles for the Freep did a 180 fairly early on in the trial.
You can read most of the Manson articles published in the Freep here-