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

Book Cover
Average Rating
Pub. Date:
1st ed.
Deliberate Intentis the riveting account of the landmark Hit Man case, by noted First Amendment attorney Rod Smolla, who risked reputation and career when he took on a cause that seemed to oppose his strongest beliefs.          Early in 1992, Lawrence Horn hired a contract killer to execute his ex-wife and his severely brain-damaged son. On March 3, 1992, the man he hired, James Perry, traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland, and murdered Horn's ex-wife and child and the boy's nurse. Perry used a book called Hit Man as an instruction manual for the murders. The subsequent criminal trial became known as the Hit Man case, and after Horn and Perry were convicted of murder, the victims' families surprised the nation by filing an unprecedented wrongful death suit against Paladin Press, publisher of Hit Man. In a controversial turn of events, Paladin was being blamed for the murders.          Distinguished attorney Rod Smolla, First Amendment expert and vigorous advocate of free speech, was approached to represent the victims' families in the civil suit against Paladin. Smolla initially declined, but after reading Hit Man and likening it to "a loaded pistol or a vial of poison," he decided to take on the case, even though it seemed to go against his abiding belief in the First Amendment. Smolla argued that if Paladin Press knew and intended that its murder manual Hit Man would be used in the actual planning and execution of contract killings, Paladin was not entitled to immunity under the First Amendment. In an appeal that stunned the legal world, Smolla's argument prevailed and was affirmed by the Supreme Court. Deliberate Intent is the dramatic story of the events behind this landmark case--a story that includes murder, trials, and appeals and, most important, raises fascinating and difficult questions about our most cherished freedom.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 21bcac8e-5af4-c136-c254-2ee29c6f015a
Grouping Title deliberate intent a lawyer tells the true story of murder
Grouping Author smolla rodney a
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-10-10 01:06:21AM
Last Indexed 2019-03-19 05:19:25AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Smolla, Rodney A.
author_display Smolla, Rodney A
available_at_buenavistapl Buena Vista Public Library
detailed_location_buenavistapl Buena Vista Adult Non-Fiction
format_buenavistapl Book
format_category_buenavistapl Books
id 21bcac8e-5af4-c136-c254-2ee29c6f015a
isbn 9780609604137
item_details ils:.b43604614|.i86730502|Buena Vista Adult Non-Fiction|342.73 Smo|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||bvabn||
itype_buenavistapl Adult non-fiction
last_indexed 2019-03-19T11:19:25.173Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_buenavistapl 342.73 Smo
owning_library_buenavistapl Buena Vista Public Library
owning_location_buenavistapl Buena Vista Public Library
primary_isbn 9780609604137
publishDate 1999
record_details ils:.b43604614|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Crown,|1999.|xi, 276 pages ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b43604614 .i86730502 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true 9999
subject_facet Accomplices -- Maryland, Feral, Rex. -- Hit man, Freedom of the press -- United States, Horn, Lawrence -- Trials, litigation, etc, Horn, Trevor, -- 1984-1993 -- Death and burial, Paladin Press -- Trials, litigation, etc, Press law -- United States, Rice, Vivian Elaine -- Trials, litigation, etc, Trials (Homicide) -- Maryland
title_display Deliberate intent : a lawyer tells the true story of murder by the book
title_full Deliberate intent : a lawyer tells the true story of murder by the book / Rodney A. Smolla
title_short Deliberate intent :
title_sub a lawyer tells the true story of murder by the book
topic_facet Accomplices, Death and burial, Feral, Rex, Freedom of the press, Horn, Lawrence, Horn, Trevor, Press law, Rice, Vivian Elaine, Trials (Homicide), Trials, litigation, etc