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NCJ Number: 50363 Find in a Library
Title: FREEDOM UNDER THE BILL OF RIGHTS
Corporate Author: Southern Educational Communications Assoc
United States of America
Project Director: W STEIBEL
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Southern Educational Communications Assoc
Columbia, SC 29250
Sale Source: Southern Educational Communications Assoc
928 Woodrow Street
P.O. Box 5966
Columbia, SC 29250
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS BOOKLET PRESENTS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE JANUARY 3, 1977, FIRING LINE PROGRAM IN WHICH FREEDOM UNDER THE BILL OF RIGHTS WAS DISCUSSED BY WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY, JR., RICHARD HARRIS, AND PROFESSORS FROM THREE COLLEGES.
Abstract: HARRIS, THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK 'FREEDOM SPENT,' HAS ARGUED THAT CONGRESS IS BLIND TO THE PEOPLE'S NEED FOR FREEDOM, THAT THE PRESIDENCY HAS THE POWER TO BRING ABOUT A PERSONAL DESPOTISM, AND THAT THE JUDICIARY NEARLY ALWAYS SERVES THE INTERESTS OF THE STATE RATHER THAN OF ITS CITIZENS. IN THE PRESENT CONVERSATION, THE INITIAL CASE DISCUSSED WAS THAT OF CHARLES JAMES, A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER WHO WAS FIRED FOR WEARING TO HIS ENGLISH CLASS A BLACK ARMBAND MOURNING THE DEAD FROM THE COMBODIAN INCURSION. ANOTHER CASE DISCUSSED CONCERNED MR. AND MRS. MCSURLEY, WHOSE PERSONAL PAPERS WERE SEIZED THROUGH USE OF AN ILLEGAL WARRANT. HARRIS'S POSITION WAS THAT THE BILL OF RIGHTS HAS NOT BEEN ENFORCED. OTHER TOPICS DISCUSSED INCLUDED THE EXCLUSIONARY RULE, PLEA BARGAINING, DISCRETIONARY ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS, RERDRESS AGAINST GOVERNMENT, AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. (CFW)
Index Term(s): Bill of Rights; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Exclusionary rule; Freedom of speech; Freedom of the press; Plea negotiations; Police discretion; Public education; Restoration of rights; Right to Due Process; Television programming
Note: TRANSCRIPT OF THE FIRING LINE PROGRAM, TELECAST ON PBS ON JANUARY 7, 1977. PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED WILLIAM F BUCKLEY, JR, RICHARD HARRIS, JONATHAN KAUFMAN, MICHAEL WELLS AND PETER NEGER.
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