Petitions: A Lawyer Despite Himself

Even as a teenager, Terence Hallinan was quite a handful. Perhaps he got it from his father, Vincent Hallinan, the fiery San Francisco lawyer who has served at least three jail sentences, including one for contempt (arising from his defense of Harry Bridges) during which he ran for President on the 1952 Progressive Party ticket. Perhaps it all started with a beating that three Marines once gave one of his brothers because he opposed the Korean War. When that happened, Vincent gave his sons boxing lessons. "If you're going to hold radical...

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