To Life: The Story of a Chicago Lawyer by Mr. Elmer Gertz

By Mr. Elmer Gertz

Elmer Gertz has defended recognized people—including Henry Miller, Nathan Leopold, and Jack Ruby—and he has turn into recognized in his personal during his fight for civil liberties and private rights.Gertz has taken on a long checklist of circumstances and explanations over the six many years of his felony profession. He fought effectively opposed to the censorship of Henry Miller’s booklet Tropic of melanoma, which were banned in Chicago for obscenity. He received Nathan Leopold published from legal after Leopold had served 34 years for his half within the loss of life of 14-year-old Bobby Franks. An ardent foe of the dying penalty, Gertz worked for years as a part of a countrywide group of attorneys that used to be ultimately in a position to overturn Jack Ruby’s dying sentence for the homicide of Lee Harvey Oswald. Gertz’s instances have helped make libel legislation within the nation.For this version, Gertz provides an afterword that covers the 15 years because the book’s first ebook. Gertz talks of Henry Miller’s final days and his travels to the USSR on behalf of the Refuseniks.

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One of my most satisfying classes was in public speaking, taught by Professor Bertram Nelson, who was an exciting and exacting teacher. I used to have great fun talking in favor of women's rights, but against intellectual women; for greater economic equality, and against the dead level of conformity. It was easy to learn why some people found me upsetting; they thought I was radical when I said in class that a woman had as much right to smoke as a man. " All nodded in agreement, and I beamed happily, until the professor went on to say, ominously: "Yet Mr.

Raleigh Stone, an apologist for the established order, carried on a dialogue with me on trade unionism in an extremely useful seminar in which the other students simply sat by while Stone and I argued our diversity of viewpoint. There was one memorable laboratory course in botany given by Professor John Coulter, a world-celebrated botanist, and his son Merle and another assistant. With no special aptitude for the sciences, I was deeply absorbed in this course, perhaps because the senior Coulter had great dramatic ability, making plant life sing and dance in rapture.

Mazumdar, a Hindu who had written the first book in the English language on his master, Gandhi. Haridas, a very good-looking man, somewhat older than we, brought in his friend Przada, equally good looking, and more energetic. He Page 28 knew Hindu magic and lore and would perform for us. I did not hear the name of Haridas after I left college, until I was discussing Tropic of Cancer with Henry Miller, in 1962, in Minneapolis, and learned the amazing fact that Haridas was the model for the Hindu in some fantastic passages in that highly original work.

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