R.I.P. Burton Joseph
First Amendment Attorney
Published: 04/04/2010 08:12pm
Famed First Amendment attorney Burton Joseph passed away last Wednesday at the age of 79 as the result of brain cancer, according to the New York Times. Joseph had a long involvement with the comic industry and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, including winning the appeal on the Fund’s first case, the defense of Friendly Frank’s comics in the mid-eighties. He became the Fund’s legal counsel in 1996 and since then advised the Fund and people that came to it for help in innumerable cases and incidents.
Joseph first became involved in First Amendment litigation in the late 60s, when he was a volunteer in the historic defense of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. He tried many historic First Amendment cases, including
“The comics industry, and other First Amendment constituencies, have lost a great friend and warrior,” CBLDF founder Denis Kitchen said of Joseph.
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