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First Amendment ~ Lenny Bruce ~ Flag Burning ~ Son of Sam Laws ~ 50 Slides

First Amendment ~ Lenny Bruce ~ Flag Burning ~ Son of Sam Laws ~ 50 Slides
First Amendment ~ Lenny Bruce ~ Flag Burning ~ Son of Sam Laws ~ 50 Slides
First Amendment ~ Lenny Bruce ~ Flag Burning ~ Son of Sam Laws ~ 50 Slides
First Amendment ~ Lenny Bruce ~ Flag Burning ~ Son of Sam Laws ~ 50 Slides
First Amendment ~ Lenny Bruce ~ Flag Burning ~ Son of Sam Laws ~ 50 Slides
First Amendment ~ Lenny Bruce ~ Flag Burning ~ Son of Sam Laws ~ 50 Slides
First Amendment ~ Lenny Bruce ~ Flag Burning ~ Son of Sam Laws ~ 50 Slides
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50 slides in all! This product is THREE SEPARATE powerpoint presentations on the FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION for the price of one. They are of: LENNY BRUCE-stand up comic battling for free speech; JOHNSON and EICHMAN- right to burn the American flag as free expression; SON OF SAM LAWS-struck down for inhibiting convicts from creating books and movies by penalizing them by taking their royalties. Test case was the book upon which GOODFELLAS was based. Each presentation concludes with a ten point multiple choice QUIZ so that there are 30 QUIZ QUESTIONS in all.

There is a FREE POSTER for JOHNSON & EICHMANN located here:


There is a FREE POSTER FOR SON OF SAM LAWS located here:


There is a FREE POSTER FOR LENNY BRUCE located here:


I am a retired lawyer, instructor and legal textbook writer.


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.


This is a powerpoint presentation about standup comic Lenny Bruce's legal battles to include profanity and vulgarity in his stand up 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. There is also a link taking you to his considerable performances on YouTube.


This is a powerpoint presentation about the 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. The problem is the chilling effect this has on First Amendment freedom of expression. I illustrate the presentation with some of the more famous actions taken by the NY Crime Board against famous criminals, INCLUDING:

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. Victims were paid in the John Wojtowicz case. He was the bank robber portrayed by Al Pacino in the movie, "Dog Day Afternoon.” Wojtowicz committed a bank robbery to pay for his lover’s sex change operation. $20,000 was paid to these victims: Robert Barrett, the bank manager. Maureen Tosto, a teller, got $15,000, and Santa Morello, another teller, got $19,500. on of Sam Plea Bargains: This has not been reviewed by the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, the government is entering into plea bargains with terrorists and spies, for example, which include Son of Sam provisions. This was done in the convictions of John Walker Lindh and Harold James Nicholson.
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