HAYDEN COVINGTON, THE JEHOVAH\'S WITNESS AND THEIR PLAN TO EXPAND FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOMS JENNIFER HENDRSON, Ph.DI just found this when I was searching the net for info about Watchtower lawyers. Looks interesting.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, 2002
ADVISOR: DON R. PEMBER
FIRST AMENDMENT. LEGAL HISTORY. JEHOVAH\'S WITNESSES.
Hayden Cooper Covington and his plan to bring Jehovah\'s Witness issues before the Supreme Court are unique in the history of First Amendment law in the United States. The Jehovah\'s Witnesses were the first to apply a far-reaching plan of what has been termed \"vigilant\" or \"disciplined\" litigation to First Amendment issues. In a period of 15 years, Watchtower lawyers had won Witnesses the right to distribute literature door-to-door, on public streets and on street owned by private corporations and the federal government; the right to carry out these activities without first securing a permit or paying a tax; the right to use sound-amplifying equipment to spread their beliefs; and the right to be protected from continued arrest under unconstitutional ordinances. By implementing an extensive, detailed legal plan to overturn ordinances that interfered with their evangelical mission, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society broadened protection under the First Amendment for their members and for all Americans. The overwhelming success of the plan shaped masss media law, the application of the First Amendment, and group litigation in the United States.