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Robert Dushman

Robert Ambrogi’s Media Law blog passes along word that First Amendment lawyer Robert Dushman has died of lung cancer. Dushman, just 59 years old, was considered one of the country’s leading media lawyers, according to this obituary (PDF) from the New England Press Association.

Dushman represented the Boston Herald in the libel case brought by Superior Court Judge Ernest Murphy. The two most impressive people in the courtroom during the 2005 trial were the lead lawyers, Dushman and Howard Cooper, who represented Murphy. Dushman had the harder task — a tough case and an unsympathetic client.

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  1. Rick in Duxbury

    A bit sad that his passing appears to have received so little notice, considering his prodigious accomplishments (and that his Herald obit is now only in the paid archive). Rest in peace.

  2. Anonymous

    Bob was a great lawyer, a good man and a great friend of the press. He’ll be sorely missed.

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