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‘Sweet’ life has seen attorney rise to the top

MARTIN Garbus is drawing deeply from his substantial experience as he returned to court with a highly publicised and controversial case that opened this month.

Born in Brooklyn in 1934, Garbus has battled in some of the toughest and most high-profile constitutional, criminal, copyright and intellectual property law cases.

Some of his notable clients include Nancy Regan, Nelson Mandela, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Philip Roth, Al Pacino, Lenny Bruce and Sean Connery, to name just a few.

The author of six books and a number of articles for national American newspapers, Garbus was honoured in 2014 with the James Joyce Award from the University of Dublin for Excellence in Law and the Trinity College Award for defending First Amendment cases.

His fight for freedom of speech is documented in the award-winning film, Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech, directed by his daughter, Liz Garbus.

A vehement defender of free speech, no matter how inflammatory or controversial, Garbus has become much more cautious in recent years due to the advent of the internet.

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