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Lenny Bruce Pardoned by State of New York

 
 
Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 02:49 pm
Gov. George Pataki has pardoned the late Lenny Bruce for a 1966 obscenity conviction. Read about it here:

http://nytimes.com/2003/12/23/nyregion/23CND-BRUC.html

Anyone want to opine on this? Maybe too late for Lenny, but still...
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 02:51 pm
I feel better knowing he was pardoned. It's a shame the ones hounding him never paid.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 02:55 pm
I am glad, but it's too little, too late, for poor Lenny!
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 02:57 pm
The article mentions that the conviction may have been a factor in his early death...
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 03:01 pm
That's what I meant. Sad After the trial, Lenny was a broken man.
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eoe
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 03:10 pm
A lotta good it does him now.
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Acquiunk
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 03:17 pm
I think edgar has gotten to the nub of the matter. This is just a feel good ploy unless the prosecutors who hounded Bruce are also censured for the misuse of their powers and their publicity seeking actions.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 03:27 pm
For you younger folks who were not around when Lenny was in his heyday, here is a good site. It has events in Lenny's life, and audio clips of his act. It has a copy of the tape that was used in his obscenity trial.

You are going to wonder what the fuss was about!!!


http://www.freenetpages.co.uk/hp/lennybruce/
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 03:32 pm
It's about CENSORED time.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 03:57 pm
I guess I'm surprised they did it after so long, because it will remind us of how unjustly he was treated at the time. In that sense, whoever made the call here deserves some credit...
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 04:23 pm
I just heard this on NPR. Correcting a miscarriage of justice posthumosly is, as has been said, just a feel-good gesture. It is also a valuable political ploy. When is Pataki running for re-election?

Lenny Bruce, in his time, was absolutely the most incisive, most refreshing new voice in stand-up comedy. Only Mort Sahl came even remotely close to matching Bruce's razor wit.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2003 11:40 pm
It wasn't Pataki's idea. He was handed a huge petition. And it was more than about time.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Wed 24 Dec, 2003 10:08 am
There's more on the story in today's NY Times (see link below). Good explanation of why it happened in the first place; offending Cardinal Spellman back then wasn't a good idea. He practically ran NYC, and, with all due respect, was a political neanderthal...

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/24/nyregion/24BRUC.html
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Wed 24 Dec, 2003 10:10 am
Even from the grave Lenny still pokes the monkeys with a stick.

Go ahead Lenny!!!
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 24 Dec, 2003 10:29 am
on the original charges brought in NY was (I believe the 7th or 8th listed charge) his reference to "pissin' in the sink" (no doubt a felony)
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Acquiunk
 
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Reply Wed 24 Dec, 2003 12:00 pm
The villains in this tradgedy are RC cardinal Spellman, NY DA at the time Frank Hogan, and a non entity named Richard Kuh who was the assistant DA who prosecuted the court case after every other assistant DA in the office refused. Kuh apparently thought this was his ticket of public fame and fortune as he ran for the DA position ten years latter. He was swamped in a landslide by Robert Morgantheau who was highly critical of the prosecution. For a more complete account see the NYT article.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Wed 24 Dec, 2003 12:22 pm
Indeed. And now Kuh is forgotten, while we mourn Lenny Bruce...
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