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The Nuremberg Files
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Overview

In this edition, Justice Talking’s host Margot Adler takes on the troublesome issues of free speech and violence: Where does free speech end and terrorism begin? It’s a question that was the crux of a civil suit in Oregon early in 1999: Planned Parenthood v. American Coalition of Life Advocates. The lawsuit took issue with materials published by anti-abortion activists, including wanted posters and a web site called the Nuremberg Files, that listed the names, home addresses and other personal information about abortion providers. The abortion doctors argued that the materials were nothing less than a hit list when viewed in the context of the recent violence directed at abortion doctors. Defendants admitted they vehemently oppose abortion but say they were simply exercising their right to free speech. After a three week trial in Portland Oregon, a jury awarded the abortion providers over $120 million in damages.


Guests
Martin London is a trial and appellate attorney with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York. Over the last 35 years, Mr. London's varied legal practice has included a number of cutting edge First Amendment cases including the Nuremberg Files case in which Mr. London represented Planned Parenthood. London is the author of The Muzzled Media: Constitutional Crisis or Product Liability Scam? published by the Twentieth Century Fund and is a frequent lecturer and commentator on First Amendment issues.

Robert M. O'Neil , a founding director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, is a Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law where he teaches constitutional and copyright law. In 1963, after serving as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., O'Neil began three decades of teaching at the Universities of California (Berkeley), Cincinnati, Indiana, Wisconsin and Virginia. In addition, he has had a distinguished career in higher education administration, serving as Provost of the University of Cincinnati, Vice President of Indiana University for the Bloomington Campus, President of the University of Wisconsin and most recently as President of the University of Virginia. O'Neil is the author of Free Speech: Responsible Communication Under Law, The Rights of Public Employees, Classrooms in the Crossfire, and Free Speech in the College Community. O'Neil has testified before state legislatures and Congressional committees on the First Amendment implications of proposed legislation and has argued First Amendment cases before Federal Courts of Appeals. A native of Boston, O'Neil holds three degrees from Harvard and honorary degrees from Beloit College and Indiana University.

Closing Quote
"Every idea is an incitement. It offers itself for belief, and, if believed, it is acted on unless some other belief outweighs it . . . The only difference between the expression of an opinion and an incitement . . . is the speaker's enthusiasm for the result. Eloquence may set fire to reason. But . . . if, . . the beliefs expressed . . . are destined to be accepted by the . . . community, the only meaning of free speech is that they should be given their chance and have their way."

— Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

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