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Floyd Abrams: "Friend Of The Court: On The Front Lines With The First Amendment"

In 1971, a collection of documents that came to be known as the Pentagon Papers was leaked to The New York Times. The papers traced the path of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. When the Nixon administration tried to block publication, young Floyd Abrams was part of the Times’ legal defense team, which went on to win at the Supreme Court. In the years since, Abrams has been on the front lines of the nation’s top free speech cases, including the Brooklyn Museum’s battle with New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as well as the Citizens United case. A conversation with America’s leading First Amendment lawyer.

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Excerpted with permission from "Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment" by Floyd Abrams. Available from Yale University Press. Copyright © 2013.

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