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Iconoclast Bill Hughes Weighs In

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From an article on the Black Panthers' Marshall "Eddie" Conway to a profile of WWII hero Harry Agro to a conversation with Anti-Nuke leader Philip Berrigan to a call for justice for the gallant crew members of the USS Liberty to an analysis of the federal mail fraud case that brought down (some think wrongly) then-Maryland governor Marvin Mandel, Baltimore attorney, activist and actor Bill Hughes lays things out as he sees them in his new book.

Hughes has been a champion of the underdog, not only in his writing, but in his actions. A former Associate City Solicitor, he is an advocate of free speech and due process of law, a vocal critic of our media, a tireless worker on the cause of Irish Freedom, and a proponent of human rights and of human dignity (The Chronicle has published his work on occasion, but has no pecuniary interest in Hughes' work--unlike a certain lone big daily on occasion when it touts "local books" by its own staffers or about "sports figures."--Ed.).

In this book, heavy on politics and human rights, Hughes also weighs in on the Labor Movement, music, environmental concerns, humor, and sports. He has a special fondness for the halcyon days of the NFL's Baltimore Colts and for debunking the pretentious, like; Malachy McCourt, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, and Margaret Thatcher. Hughes' insights into the clubhouse politics of Baltimore City will be illuminating to those out of the loop.

In all, there are 85 commentaries in this book. Throughout, Hughes' motto, Res Publica Est Res Populi (The Republic is the Property of the People), rings out loud and clear. Tell him what you think of it at

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This story was published on March 2, 2002.