One of my remarkable First Amendment attorneys, Bill Turner, gives an overview of his book, Figures of Speech: First Amendment Heroes and Villains.
I'm incredibly honored. In this Authors@Google Presents talk, Bill spends a considerable amount of time discussing landmark First Amendment cases that set the stage for any Internet law to follow. Renv.ACLU, in which I filed an Amicus brief, and ApolloMedia v. Reno in which I was the plaintiff. He also dicusses Wikileaks and Julian Assange.
In addition, he discusses other important cases and their implications, including Yetta Stromberg (the first time in American history that the court struck down a law on First Amendment grounds) to Ku Klux Klan leader, Clarence Brandenburg, Earl Caldwell (the journalist who covered the Black Panthers and refused to hand over his notebooks and recordings to the FBI at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover), Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Larry Flint (editor of Hustler magazine).
Bill’s book provides an incredible history of the First Amendment – how “fighting words” or “shouting fire in a crowded theater” and other familiar First Amendment principles came to be. I will definitely be discussing more of Bill’s book, chapter by chapter, in posts to follow.
1 Yetta Stromberg
2 Jehovahs Witnesses
3 Dannie Martin
4 Raymond Procunier and Robert H Schnacke
5 Earl Caldwell
6 Richard Hongisto
7 Clarence Brandenburg
8 Larry Flynt
9 Clinton Fein and the ACLU