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Author to speak at Rotary luncheon
By PAT CAHILL, Staff writer
Springfield Republican
June 11, 2003

     Andy Thibault, author of "Law and Justice in Everyday Life," will be the guest speaker when the Rotary Club of Springfield holds a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Lido Restaurant in Springfield.
 
     The event is open to anyone who is the guest of a Springfield Rotary Club member. Cost of lunch and the talk is $12. 

     Thibault teaches journalism at the University of Hartford and is a columnist for the Connecticut Law Tribune.

     He has been an investigative reporter, a feature writer, an editor and a writer on the arts. He is also a professional boxing judge.

     His latest book is a compilation of his "Cool Justice" columns in the Connecticut Law Tribune, about a wide variety of Connecticut cases ranging from the obscure to the sensational.

      Thibault often explores how politics affect the way justice is carried out - or not carried out.
 
     On the one hand, he looks at how the advisor to a college newspaper was fired because the administration didn't approve of the paper's positions.

     High-profile Connecticut cases in the book include the Martha Moxley murder and the Woody Allen sex abuse [case].

     Thibault also writes about cases of the past, such as the Sacco and Vanzetti trial of the 1920s, in which two Italian immigrants were executed on dubious grounds.

     F. Lee Bailey has compared Thibault to "Robin Hood" and "a gunslinger." Howard Zinn, who was Thibault's professor at Boston University, compares him to the muckrakers of the early 20th century.

     Thibault is the co-author, with Charles Johnson, of "The 12-Minute MBA for Lawyers" and "The 12-Minute MBA for Doctors."

For more information on the June 12 event, call 733-5097 or 533-5750. Rotarians who are bringing guests are asked to notify the club as soon as possible. Pat Cahill can be reached at pcahill@repub.com

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