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Trial by fire : the true story of a woman's ordeal at the hands of the law

Author: Gerry Spence
Publisher: New York : Morrow, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Kim Pring of Cheyenne, a national baton-twirling champion, was a contestant in the 1979 Miss America pageant. Shortly thereafter, a story appeared in Penthouse magazine about a fictional baton-twirling Miss Wyoming who excelled at fellatio. Pring hired Spence, a well-known trial lawyer and author of Gunning for Justice, etc., to undertake a libel suit against the magazine. This book is the story of that trial and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trials, litigation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Spence, Gerry.
Trial by fire.
New York : Morrow, ©1986
(OCoLC)558104299
Online version:
Spence, Gerry.
Trial by fire.
New York : Morrow, ©1986
(OCoLC)609306423
Named Person: Kim Pring
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerry Spence
ISBN: 0688060757 9780688060756 0688148387 9780688148386
OCLC Number: 13270400
Description: 503 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Gerry Spence.

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Kim Pring of Cheyenne, a national baton-twirling champion, was a contestant in the 1979 Miss America pageant. Shortly thereafter, a story appeared in Penthouse magazine about a fictional baton-twirling Miss Wyoming who excelled at fellatio. Pring hired Spence, a well-known trial lawyer and author of Gunning for Justice, etc., to undertake a libel suit against the magazine. This book is the story of that trial and its subsequent appeals. Citing parallels throughout, going back to the 1487 Malleus Malificarum on the punishment of witches, Spence argues that women are still treated as sexually menacing repositories of evil and that society enjoys their victimization. Serious questions are raised by the Pring case, including what constitutes a public figure and whether fiction can be libelous.

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