Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment

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Penguin, 2006 - Political Science - 320 pages
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The rights guaranteed in the First Amendment—including freedom of expression—are among the fundamental touchstones of our democracy. In Speaking Freely, Floyd Abrams, who for over thirty years has been our most eloquent and respected advocate for uncensored expression, recounts some of the major cases of his remarkable career—landmark trials and Supreme Court arguments that have involved key First Amendment protections.With adversaries as diverse as Richard Nixon and Wayne Newton and allies as unlikely as Kenneth Starr, Abrams takes readers behind the scenes to explain his strategies, the ramifications of each decision, and its long-term significance, presenting a clear and compelling look at the law in action.

 

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I read this book for a specific purpose: to clarify President Obama's comments in his January 2010 State of the Union speech. Mr Abrams took me through a number of cases in which he was involved ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
The Pentagon Papers Case
1
To the Supreme Court and After
32
Truth and the First Amendment
62
Wayne Newton and the Law
94
The Heroin Trail
124
McCarthyism and Libel
153
The Brooklyn Museum Case
188
Campaign Finance Reform and the First Amendment
231
At Home and Abroad
276
The Judith Miller Case
289
Acknowledgments
303
Notes
305
Index
313
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Floyd Abrams is a partner at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York City. Described by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan as the “most significant First Amendment lawyer of our age,” Abrams is currently the William J. Brennan Visiting Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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