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alan
December 26, 2003, 04:38 PM
It took 40 years for some political clown to "pardon" Lenny Bruce, who in fact broke no law, though his speech likely did offend some sensibilities. He had been improperly convicted of a NON CRIME, under the ageis of poorly written law.

Otherwise law abiding citizens, who happen to be gun owners, have found themselves caught up in the coils of the law, much of it poorly written, unclear and so forth, sometimes having been entrapped, which should have been enough to see the case tossed in the first place, but isn't always.

Have any of the above mentioned political clowns, our elected public servants yet managed to bring themselves to pardon any of these unjustly convicted gun citizens, or will they have to languish for 4 decades, before being pardoned, posthumously?

Those interested might read the following.


A Posthumous Pardon for Lenny Bruce
"Four-letter words put Lenny Bruce on the wrong side of the law, and a six-letter word from New York Gov. George Pataki got him out," the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

"Nearly four decades after the ribald comic was convicted of an obscenity charge, Pataki on Tuesday granted Bruce a posthumous pardon. Pataki had been pressured recently by two Bruce biographers, Bruce's family and scores of stand-up comics and actors -- including local artists Robin Williams and the Smothers Brothers."

Cato Adjunct Scholar Robert Corn-Revere was the attorney of record on the matter, and Cato H.L. Mencken Research Fellows and magicians Penn and Teller were among entertainers who signed a letter in support of a pardon. Penn is a regular contributor to Regulation magazine and Teller writes occasionally on freedom of speech.

Corn-Revere has written extensively on free speech issues for Cato, including the studies Caught in the Seamless Web: Does the Internet's Global Reach Justify Less Freedom of Speech? and New Age Comstockery: Exon Vs The Internet.

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