Trio: Bruce conviction ought to go


Pop-culture TV network Trio is pushing a petition for a posthumous pardon
(say that three times fast) of comedian Lenny Bruce.

The irreverent, angry, scatalogical and often brilliant Bruce was convicted
on obscenity charges for a 1964 performance at New York nightclub Café Au Go Go.

His appeal of the conviction was thrown out on procedural grounds (Bruce had
a comedian for a lawyer, himself).

The push coincides with the June 2 premiere on Trio of Lenny Bruce:

The pardon is being spearheaded by Ronald Collins and David Skover,
co-authors of The Trials of Lenny Bruce.

They have submitted a petition to overturn the
conviction, and Trio viewers can register heir support for the petition
beginning June 2 at


Attorney of record for the Lenny Bruce Pardon Petition is veteran First
Amendment attorney Robert Corn-Revere.

"We're pleased to have Trio's support in seeking the
posthumous pardon of Lenny Bruce's obscenity conviction," Corn-Revere said in a
prepared statement.