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Putting Cults on Trial..and Paying the Price

Attorney Paul Morantz
Attorney Paul Morantz

Los Angeles attorney Paul Morantz has devoted his professional life to fighting cults. But in the late 1970s that life almost came to an abrupt end when Synanon, one of the powerful cults he litigated against, planted a live rattlesnake in his mailbox.

In “The Lawyer Synanon Tried to Kill,” the latest installment of the Legally Speaking series from UC Hastings College of Law and California Lawyer, Morantz speaks with Martin Lasden about his career and the dangers he faced.