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Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech$
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Victoria Saker Woeste

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772341

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772341.001.0001

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Trial and Mistrial

Trial and Mistrial

(p.214) 7 Trial and Mistrial
Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
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Sapiro v. Ford was held in Detroit's “Million Dollar Courtroom,” where Henry Ford's defense made a last-ditch attempt to avoid trial while the plaintiff tested Judge Fred M. Raymond's willingness to permit group-libel claims into the case. Clifford B. Longley and James A. Reed, two members of Ford's defense team, submitted a plea that was described by Aaron Sapiro's lawyer, William Henry Gallagher, as irrelevant and confusing. Gallagher and Sapiro attempted to force Ford to defend the Dearborn Independent's explicitly anti-Semitic statements, a motion that was rejected by Raymond. Gallagher vowed to prove that charges of a conspiracy involving a network of prominent American Jews were totally unfounded. This chapter provides an overview of the litigation process, including the selection of the jury, and the judge's decision to declare a mistrial.

Keywords:   Sapiro v. Ford, Henry Ford, trial, mistrial, jury, Jews, Fred M. Raymond, William Henry Gallagher, Aaron Sapiro, Dearborn Independent

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