Floyd Abrams Quotes


The government understands - every government every administration both parties understands - that that power they just don't have.

I try to do that in this book without preaching - to try to do as you just said that you really have to defend the First Amendment rights of everybody.

It's not like learning how to hit a curve ball in baseball.

I think that it is important for people to understand that whether a good-guy or a bad-guy wins a case is less important than what the law is that the case results in.

I thought I could do that by telling stories of some of the cases that established those principles on a real life on the ground basis.

I still owe a duty of loyalty to my clients and former clients so I cannot specify which clients I did not especially find congenial but the cause was the same.

Here we have a situation where a defendant in a case agrees to an interview with Dan Rather. It happened to be not confidential. But it was an interview with Dan Rather.

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.

CBS exhausted the Texas courts. They went from the trial court to the intermediate court to the highest court.

I can tell you having been in court today in New York that the requests for the video outtakes have been dropped.

The principle though remains the same and the important thing is CBS fought hard very hard to protect that principle and will fight again.

I think that the very fact that CBS fought and fought and fought in Texas in New York.

I just had the sense that at least the books that I had read about law just didn't really have enough of that.

No other country in the world gives protection like that but it is not absolute protection. People sometimes meet that high burden and win libel suits and in those cases I think they ought to win.

It is within the last quarter century or thirty years. And a lot of that law has turned out to be very very protective of the press and the public's right to know.

I really do think that if we had lost that case we would really live in a country that would be really quite different.