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By William Bennett Turner
For the final 25 years, William Bennett Turner has taught a direction at the First modification at UC Berkeley. His booklet, Figures of Speech, describes the colourful characters who've performed roles in vital First modification controversies. settling on figures and instances from his personal own adventure, Turner illustrates wide First modification rules and describes how we’ve arrived at our modern realizing of the 1st Amendment’s which means.
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He was once sympathetic with the 278-citizen village’s loss of refined assets in comparison to the 12 Jehovah’s Witnesses legal professionals of their ny headquarters, and to the village’s challenge for safeguard. Rehnquist authorized the village’s argument that out of control door-to-door solicitation can cause not only nuisance yet crime. He mentioned that the sooner Witnesses situations had concerned discretionary enable schemes less than which a central authority ofﬁcial might furnish or deny a allow at his discretion, whereas the Stratton ordinance used to be purely a registration require- 44 FI G U R E S O F S PE ECH ment, and the mayor had no discretion to disclaim a allow. yet Rehnquist had no resolution for Justice Stevens’s element that less than the legislations you couldn't knock in your neighbor’s door to invite her to vote opposed to the mayor with no ﬁrst getting a allow from the mayor. The Jehovah’s Witnesses has to be thought of reluctant First modification heroes. Their efforts, whereas prompted through faith and never through unfastened speech for its personal sake, have beneﬁted us all. ■ three ■ DANNIE MARTIN they usually placed me in felony, and that used to be correct. Then I dedicated journalism they usually placed me within the gap. And that used to be unsuitable. ” So acknowledged Dannie Martin, a convict’s convict. an established heroin addict and alcoholic, Martin knew jails inside and outside, normally from the insider’s standpoint. stuck red-handed in a financial institution theft in a bit city in Washington, Martin used to be sentenced to 33 years in federal criminal. felony gave Martin lots of time to accomplish the schooling he by no means received within the “free” international, and he used to be an avid reader. He began to write, and it grew to become out that he had a extraordinary reward: the power to write down clearheadedly, truthfully, and affectingly approximately lifestyles in criminal. No self-pity the following, no claims of innocence, no macho braggadocio, no prisoner clichès. In July, 1986, whereas within the federal felony at Lompoc, California, Martin mailed off to the San Francisco Chronicle a piece of writing he wrote on AIDS in legal. It vividly published for the general public how severe the epidemic was once between prisoners. It landed at the table of Peter Sussman, editor of the Chronicle’s Sunday Punch sec“I devoted financial institution theft forty five 46 FI G U R E S O F S PE ECH tion. Sussman loved the piece, decided to post it, extra Martin’s byline, and despatched a payment for $100 because the general freelancer’s cost. the thing ran on Sunday, August three, 1986, and readers beloved it. Martin persevered to put up articles, all ﬁrst-person essays and vignettes of legal existence, and Sussman persisted to put up them. They lined varied aspects of legal lifestyles that captured the mind's eye of Chronicle readers and made Martin the preferred general contributor to the Sunday Punch. one in every of my own favorites was once “Requiem for Mr. Squirrel,” a poignant tale of the way Martin alleviated boredom and the inability of significant relationships by means of feeding a thankful and pleasant squirrel, whom the legal ofﬁcials quickly poisoned. Over the process approximately years, the Chronicle released 18 of Martin’s articles.