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Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt

the First Amendment on trial

1st ed.
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This edition was published in by St. Martin's Press in New York.

Written in English

336 pages

Describing the case as “a truly remarkable episode in American legal history,” Smolla narrates the $45 million lawsuit that televangelist and founder of the Moral Majority, Jerry Falwell, brought against Flynt. The main issue centered on the question of whether or not one could be sued for inflicting emotional distress upon a public figure. After viewing an ad parody from Hustler magazine that describes Falwell’s first sexual encounter with his mother in an outhouse while drunk on Campari liqueur, Falwell said, “I think I have never been as angry as I was at that moment. . . . I somehow felt that in all of my life I had never believed that human beings could do something like this.” Smolla proclaims, “Flynt's coarse speech is nothing but excrement, a form of moral pollution fouling the cultural environment,” but he also wrote an amicus curia brief in favor of him. This book offers an extremely in-depth view of the four-year battle, describes the details of Flynt’s unanimous victory over Falwell, and prints the opinions rendered by the Justices in their ruling.

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Cover of: Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt
Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt: the First Amendment on trial
1990, University of Illinois Press
in English - Illini books ed.
Cover of: Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt
Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt: the First Amendment on trial
1988, St. Martin's Press
in English - 1st ed.

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Describing the case as “a truly remarkable episode in American legal history,” Smolla narrates the $45 million lawsuit that televangelist and founder of the Moral Majority, Jerry Falwell, brought against Flynt. The main issue centered on the question of whether or not one could be sued for inflicting emotional distress upon a public figure. After viewing an ad parody from Hustler magazine that describes Falwell’s first sexual encounter with his mother in an outhouse while drunk on Campari liqueur, Falwell said, “I think I have never been as angry as I was at that moment. . . . I somehow felt that in all of my life I had never believed that human beings could do something like this.” Smolla proclaims, “Flynt's coarse speech is nothing but excrement, a form of moral pollution fouling the cultural environment,” but he also wrote an amicus curia brief in favor of him. This book offers an extremely in-depth view of the four-year battle, describes the details of Flynt’s unanimous victory over Falwell, and prints the opinions rendered by the Justices in their ruling.

Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt

the First Amendment on trial

1st ed.

This edition was published in by St. Martin's Press in New York.


Edition Notes

Includes bibliographies and index.

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Dewey Decimal Class
345.73/0256, 347.305256
Library of Congress
KF228.F35 S65 1988

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Open Library
OL2035490M
Internet Archive
jerryfalwellvlar00smol
ISBN 10
0312022255
LC Control Number
88011606
Library Thing
196636
Goodreads
2439547

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