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This is a complete presentation on 3 Cases about the 1st Amendment: Johnson (flag burning) - Lenny Bruce (standup comic) - Goodfellas (movie). There is also a 10 point multiple choice test with answer key for each of the three cases for a total of 30 questions.
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The author is a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook writer.
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EXCERPT from JOHNSON & EICHMANN:
In August 1984, Johnson participated in a political demonstration called the "Republican War Chest Tour" in Dallas, Texas because the Republican National Convention was being held in Dallas. Participants protested the policies of Dallas-area businesses as well as the Reagan administration. The protestors marched in the streets, chanted and staged demos around the city. Johnson did not vandalize but he took an American flag, poured kerosene on it and set it on fire. While the flag burned, he chanted: ”Reagan, Mondale which will it be? Either one means World War III." Johnson was arrested and charged with violating a Texas statute.
The Supreme Court held that Johnson's conviction for flag desecration was inconsistent with the First Amendment. This decision immediately invalidated any laws against flag desecration which were in effect throughout the states.
EXCERPT FROM LENNY BRUCE:
About standup comic Lenny Bruce's legal battles to include profanity and vulgarity in his act under the first amendment. Every stand up comic in America, every comedian in America, every artist and writer in America, is in debt to Lenny Bruce. As a stand up comic in the 1960s in America, he championed the First Amendment in the courts so that he could continue to perform his open, free-style which combined satire, politics, religion, and sex. He was vulgar and crusaded for the right to be so. In 1964, he was convicted in an obscenity trial. He died while appealing it. His was the landmark trial for freedom of speech in America. Comedy, as you see it performed today, would not exist without him.
EXCERPT FROM GOODFELLAS CASE
Simon and Schuster v. NY Crime Board US Supreme Court case: In 1987, after Simon & Schuster paid ex mobster Henry Hill more than $96,000, the NY Crime Board ruled that the money should go to the families of Mr. Hill's victims if any appeared to claim it. Simon & Schuster sued the Crime Board and took it all the way to the Supreme Court. It got these laws struck down but some states are trying to reinvent them.
Another case before the Supreme Court, along with Hill’s, was Jean Harris’s advance and/or royalties for her book "A Stranger in Two Worlds.” Harris was convicted of murdering her lover, Dr. Herman Tarnower, the author of the "Scarsdale Diet”. She wrote about killing him in this book.