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From Trial Court to the United States Supreme Court: Anatomy of a Free Speech Case: The Incredible Inside Story Behind the Theft of the St. Patrick's [Hardcover]

Paul J. Walkowski , William M. Connolly , Adolph Caso

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  • Hardcover: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Branden Pub Co (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0828320128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0828320122
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg

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In early 1992, the Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston (GLIB) petitioned to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, which was sponsored by the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston. When their petition was rejected, a member of GLIB filed a lawsuit claiming the violation of his rights under the First Amendment. Three days before the parade, a Massachusetts Superior Court Judge ruled that GLIB should be allowed to march. That decision was subsequently upheld on appeal and not overturned until the time of the 1995 parade, when a Federal District judge ruled that the veterans group could bar members of GLIB. On June 19, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously "upheld the right of private parade organizers around the U.S. to define their own speech in their own parades." Connolly, a Boston lawyer, and Walkowski (The Will of God) have written an extremely intricate and legalistic book that will be of interest mostly to the legal community. Photos.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and Simple a great book about the law! Jan. 9 2000
By Michael J Woznicki - Published on Amazon.com
The first amendment gives us the right to free speech and for the most part this is a fairly simple concept right? Well in 1994 in Massachusetts this became a complex legal issue that turned a simple parade into chaos.
Riveting from beginning to the very end, this 600-page fact filled legal expose on how our court system really works, is like nothing else you'll ever read. The authors take you on a journey from the state court right the steps of the highest court in the land.
Using actual trial transcripts and painstaking detail, the author's leave no stone unturned. I was simply amazed at how much information was packed into the book. I was simply astounded by the way the system works.
Law professors and students of law need to take and read this work. It is most likely the best book of the first amendment law. A great work in the legal field and a very good read - well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-writen First Amendment primer. Aug. 4 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As an attorney, what I found most interesting about this book was the use of trial transcripts to help frame the debate on the larger First Amendment constitutional issues. The authors did a superb job of telling a complex story from beginning to end. I would recommend some of my old professors take a close look at this work, and consider using it in trial advocacy and constitutional law classes. I don't remember anything like this when I was at school, but can say it told me a lot more about how the judicial process works than I learned in the classroom.
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Informative June 8 1998
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By far, this book tops all others on how our courts operate. The authors have given a detailed look at the legal system at every level, state and federal, and cover so much territory in so short a space that the book borders on being overwhelming. This is the definitive book on "process". Using rich citation to trial transcripts the authors show in meticulous detail how some judges try to unwrap constitutional guarantees to achieve what they think the law shoud be. I read three other works which aspired to this detail: "Out of Order", "Civil Action" and "Closed Chambers" and can state that none were as insightful as this. This is truly a remarkable work, and should be mandatory reading in every law school in this country.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book reviews Jan. 1 1997
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"Riveting..." National Law Journal;
"Compelling... well-written..." Bimonthly Review of Law Books;
"Tremendously engaging..." AOB News;
"One of the most informativbe law books I have read..." Journal of the Indiana Bar Assoc.;
"Chilling, troubling, Kafkaesque..." Prof. Charles E. Rounds Jr., Suffolk Law School

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