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A posthumous pardon request

May 28, 2003|From Associated Press

Here's a six-letter word rarely associated with the late comedian Lenny Bruce: pardon.

Supporters of Bruce, the foul-mouthed comic convicted of obscenity charges in 1964, have launched a campaign to win him a legal reprieve -- 37 years after his tragic death.

The goal is to "correct a grave injustice -- the prosecution and persecution of comedian Lenny Bruce for nothing more than speaking his mind," said Ron Collins, co-author of "The Trials of Lenny Bruce: The Fall and Rise of an American Icon."

A group of lawyers, artists and writers has written to New York Gov. George Pataki, who would have to sign off on a Bruce pardon. A gubernatorial spokeswoman did not return a call for comment.

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