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Authored by a member of the plaintiffs' team of lawyers, Deliberate Intent is an atypical nonfiction legal thriller. Rod Smolla has not reconstructed his role in Rice v. Paladin Enterprises, Inc. to spotlight his valiant determination and legal genius; instead, he offers uncommonly candid insight into his struggle to reconcile the First Amendment's protection of free speech with the sixth commandment's proscription against murder. A respected scholar of constitutional law, Smolla was understandably reluctant to take on a case with potentially damaging consequences for the Bill of Rights--and willingly admits there were times when he questioned if he was on the right side of the fight. Words don't kill people, after all; assassins kill people. Literacy is hardly a prerequisite. Eventually, however, Smolla decides, "A publisher who provides detailed information on techniques of violent crime with the deliberate intent that some readers will use the information to murder and maim will not find refuge in the First Amendment." (In May 1999, just before the case was to go to jury trial, Paladin reached an out-of-court agreement with the victims' families. As part of the settlement, Paladin withdrew Hit Man from the market.) --Tim Hogan
This book is about as perfect as you can get! Mainly a true story of a lawsuit against Paladin Press for publishing the book HIT MAN, it is a very entertaining read for such a... Read morePublished on November 27, 2005 by Hans Castorp
Deliberate Intent is a personal account of a lawyer devoted to the idea of First Amendment. As a true believer in free expression, when he was approached to serve on the legal team... Read morePublished on November 13, 2004 by Raphael Cohen-almagor
A publishing house turns a tidy profit on a "how to" book--about how to be a contract killer, that is. Read morePublished on February 21, 2001
This is a well written and structured book which takes what most people would consider a dull subject and makes it interesting and entertaining for any reader. Read morePublished on January 1, 2001 by Harold Hickling
Before writing my review, I must disclose that Rod Smolla was my professor for 2 classes during law school and one of my favorite professors. That is why I bought the book. Read morePublished on August 15, 2000