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Larry v. Lockney

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PBS Premiere: July 1, 2003


Meet Larry Tannahill. Out of 2,000 residents in the West Texas town of Lockney, he's the only one against the school board's new mandatory drug testing policy. Larry, a third-generation farmer, believes the testing is a violation of his son's Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches. He sues to overturn the policy, forming an unlikely alliance with the American Civil Liberties Union. In the battle over rights, Larry makes headlines around the country, loses his job and his family receives threats. Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck’s Larry v. Lockney dramatically reveals the price of democracy in a small Texas town, when one man stands against the majority. An Independent Television Service (ITVS) co-presentation. Produced in Association with KERA.

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Larry v. Lockney (54 min.)

Premiere Date: July 1, 2003

Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Mark Birnbaum, Jim Schermbeck Bio | Interview | Statement


Mark Birnbaum
Mark Birnbaum
Jim Schermbeck
Jim Schermbeck

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