Deliberate intent : a lawyer tells the true story of murder by the book

From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Smolla, Rod
Deliberate intent : a lawyer tells the true story of murder by the book
Deliberate intent : a lawyer tells the true story of murder by the book by Rod Smolla was a fascinating read on many levels. It tells the story of a manual published by Paladin Press, which offered instructions on becoming a Hit Man. The manual, which Paladin Press published, was actually a fictional story written by a woman and never meant to be seen as a how-to guide. Lawrence Horn, an executive with Motown Records, hired an assassin to kill his wife, his disabled son, and his son’s nurse. Paladin Press, when they were brought to court, argued that the First Amendment protected them. The First Amendment guarantees free speech and Rod Smolla, who eventually accepted the case for the defendants, was a major proponent of the First Amendment but the case was such a flagrant misuse of the First Amendment, he felt comfortable arguing against Paladin Press and Lawrence Horn. Paladin Press lost their case and had to withdraw copies of Hit Man. The book was a true cr  ime murder story but also touched on points of legal interest. Very captivating.

Just Kids

From Ellen Druda
author: Smith, Patti
 Just Kids
Patti Smith’s evocative memoir recounts her early days in New York City and her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. This National Book Award winning work is an accessible, easy read, yet full of imagery that stirs the imagination.  From her childhood in New Jersey, we follow her across the river to a bohemian city life in the psychedelic 60’s, mingling with soon- to- be famous painters, writers, and musicians.  This book will especially appeal to baby-boomers and music fans.