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Published by the American Bar Association (ABA), John Lennon vs. The USA shares the incredible story of the 1972 John Lennon deportation case that set up a battle of wills between John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and President Richard Nixon. The story is told by noted New York immigration attorney Leon Wildes, who did not even know who John Lennon and Yoko Ono were when he was originally retained by them. Wildes developed a close relationship with Lennon and Ono, both during the eventual five-year period while he represented them and thereafter. This is their incredible story.
This landmark case takes on special relevance amid current national discussion of U.S. immigration law, even decades after Lennon's deportation proceedings.
Leon Wildes (New York, NY) is the founding member and senior partner of Wildes & Weinberg P.C., a distinguished immigration law firm in New York City, and has practiced immigration law since 1960. In 1970, he served as National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a bar association for immigration lawyers. He is the recipient of the AILA's Edith Lowenstein Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Immigration Law. A prolific writer, Wildes has published many articles on aspects of immigration law including five law review articles (in the San Diego Law Review and Brooklyn Law Review) concerning the Lennon case litigation and has spoken before numerous legal and other groups. He was featured in the documentary film “The US versus John Lennon” and did promotional interviews for the film.