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Floyd Abrams was born in 1936 and is a well-respected attorney who has argued frequently before the U.S. Supreme Court in numerous First Amendment cases. He came to prominence as co-counsel in the New York Times Pentagon Papers case. He has also represented CBS, ABC, CNN, NBC, Time, Business week and others. A Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, …

Date of Birth: Dec 02, 0


Found 78 quotes by Floyd Abrams .
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"Judy's view is that any purported waiver she got from anyone was not on the face of it sufficiently broad, clear and uncoerced." Floyd Abrams
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"to assure that the only source he would effectively be asking about was Mr. Libby." Floyd Abrams
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"It was made very clear to me in discussions with Mr. Libby's counsel that he had personally approved and authorized Matthew Cooper fully to disclose everything about their conversations. I was satisfied that I had been given a direct and unequivocal assurance that Matt could testify and Libby had approved that." Floyd Abrams
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"coerced and had been required as a condition for Libby's continued employment at the White House." Floyd Abrams
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"The story wasn't there, ... It was a mistake. It was a bad mistake, and CNN has apologized for it, as I think they should." Floyd Abrams
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"[In an interview yesterday, Abrams declined to endorse Miller's account that Libby did not want her to testify unless she was going to exonerate him.] That's Judy's interpretation, ... certainly asked me what Judy would say, but that's an entirely proper question." Floyd Abrams
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"The message you sent to me was viewed by Ms. Miller as inherently 'mixed,'" Floyd Abrams
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"voluntary and not coerced." Floyd Abrams
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"Judy was very reluctant to seem to be putting pressure on a source to release her to speak. And at the time, it would not have solved the other issue." Floyd Abrams
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"I know a lot of reporters certainly will go to jail to defend confidential sources. Some have even gone to jail for an issue like this. But I can't say that's the norm." Floyd Abrams
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"The question at the end of the day was, the courts having found there was no defense, a producer about to go to jail, should CBS in effect tell the producer go to jail even though there is no law at all that we can use to get you out of jail?" Floyd Abrams
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"[One of Ms. Miller's lawyers, Floyd Abrams, wrote a letter to Mr. Libby's lawyer on Thursday in what he said was an effort] to set the record straight. ... coerced and had been required as a condition for Mr. Libby's continued employment at the White House." Floyd Abrams
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"[One of Miller's lawyers involved in the earlier discussions, Floyd Abrams, said there was] a great deal of ambiguity ... was, by its very nature, coercive." Floyd Abrams
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"[The assertion by Libby's team that he had been giving her the green light all along brought a quick rebuttal from one of Miller's attorneys, Floyd Abrams. In a letter to Libby's lawyers] to set the record straight, ... coerced." Floyd Abrams
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"[Cooper called Libby directly, Abrams told NPR, and was referred to his lawyer for authorization. Abrams said he specifically remembered talking to Tate about the waiver.] It was made very clear to me in discussions with Mr. Libby's counsel that he had personally approved and authorized Matthew Cooper fully to disclose everything about their conversations, ... I was satisfied that I had been given a direct and unequivocal assurance that Matt could testify and Libby had approved that." Floyd Abrams
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"[That position, Abrams said, led Miller's team to assume that Libby wasn't really keen on seeing Miller testify, no matter what Libby's lawyers implied--a hesitation that gave Miller pause.] He didn't call. He didn't write, ... you draw certain conclusions." Floyd Abrams
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"a book is allowed to criticize a holder of a trademark and mock a trademark as well." Floyd Abrams
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"will significantly lessen the risk of large media companies finding themselves in the situation that Time Inc. found itself in." Floyd Abrams
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"I used to watch him practice. It was a sort of Jimmy Stewart style. Denis was a very soft-spoken, self-effacing, overly modest person who left many flashier lawyers in his wake as he persuaded judges and juries alike that what he said could be trusted and should carry the day." Floyd Abrams
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"Today's result is overdue. Mayor Giuliani should have never started this destructive fight with the First Amendment and should surely have agreed to stop it long ago." Floyd Abrams
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"[Appearing Sunday on CNN's] Reliable Sources, ... I tried to get a deal a year ago. I spoke to Mr. Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, and he did not agree at that time to something that he later did agree to, which was to limit the scope of the questions he would ask, so as to assure that the only source he would effectively be asking about was Mr. Libby." Floyd Abrams
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