The Last Hippie


The L.A. Times this weekend ran a very entertaining profile on 70-year-old San Francisco defense lawyer J. Tony Serra—a man who has represented Huey Newton and the Symbionese Liberation Army's Sara Jane Olson, among others—and who was just sentenced to 10 months in the pokey for continuing his lifelong refusal to pay federal income taxes.

Serra had hoped to avoid prison but conceded that "from another perspective, didn't I get a light sentence? I haven't paid taxes for 40 years—my whole career!"

He pledges not to come out until he has written two novels, including a Platonic dialogue set on an island in World War II that has been "in my pen" for years.

It goes on and on like that. Whole thing here.