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Legal Legacy 

Wednesday, Apr 16 2014
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Since WWII, only a handful of war tax resistors have been jailed; one of them is civil rights lawyer Tony Serra. After one of his several stints, Serra filed a class-action suit demanding minimum wage for convict labor; he also wrote a book, Tony Serra: The Green, Yellow and Purple Years in the Life of a Radical Lawyer. During Serra's 45-year career, he's freed the wrongly imprisoned, including Chol Soo Lee, a Korean-American convicted for the murder of a Chinatown gang leader (True Believer, starring James Woods, was based on this case) and defended the Black Panthers, the White Panthers, the Hell's Angels, Earth First, the Mafia, and a cannabis activist known as Brownie Mary. Just last week, he grabbed headlines again with the defense of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Despite the public hullaballoo, Serra lives modestly, donating most of his earnings to pro bono cases, leaving just enough to pay rent, buy secondhand suits, and gas up his beater. Still, if Serra's book is one-tenth as memorable as his closing arguments, hold on to your seat.


Thu., April 24, 7 p.m., 2014

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