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The Real Story of Lawrence v. Texas

Gerard Magliocca

Gerard N. Magliocca is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Magliocca is the author of three books and over twenty articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, his law degree from Yale, and joined the faculty after two years as an attorney at Covington and Burling and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Magliocca has received the Best New Professor Award and the Black Cane (Most Outstanding Professor) from the student body, and in 2008 held the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands. He was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2013.

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2 Responses

  1. Gerard Magliocca says:

    Sorry. I’m not sure why the comments were closed on this one.

  2. JoeJP says:

    Good book.

    The New Yorker review provides the “spoiler” but the brief facts in the opinion are not totally off base. The opinion doesn’t say they had a relationship. It was Lawrence’s home. Though he made clear he didn’t think the police should be there, there seems to be an agreement they had a legal right to be to investigate the (false) report. They did spend overnight in jail, one of them in effect in the drunk tank, for something that resulted in a $200 fine.

    The officers did claim they were having sex. The big tell is the truth about that fact. But, it wouldn’t be the first time someone accepted a plea of nolo contendere even though they very well might not be guilty.