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Hum: a thought:

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If this is the 'Howl' trial that was an attack on Ferlinghetti for publishing the thing, then it'd be the trial in which Mark Schorer spoke out in defence of Larry, yeah? --

If so: in the book 'Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In', there's a piece by Frank Barron ('The Unfinished R/evolution') which argues that it was Schorer's status as 'a leading critic' which both turned the tide on the trial & legitimated the Beat movement. -- Maybe not an actual rewriting of law but certainly a legal precedent -- & didn't Ginsberg emerge w/ enough (resultant?) cachet to be an important part of the 'Naked Lunch' trial? -- In any case all that might give you some starting point for research, I dunno -- hope it does. --