Prof. Peter Junger passed away

Veteran cyberians will know that Peter was, among other things, the
Plaintiff in Junger v. Daley. That was one of the cases (along with
EFF’s _Bernstein_ case and others) that established that computer
source code is speech, entitled to First Amendment
protection. Excerpt from the Court of Appeals’ decision:

> BOYCE F. MARTIN, JR., Chief Judge. This is a constitutional
> challenge to the provisions of the Export Administration
> Regulations, 15 C.F.R. Parts 730-74, that regulate the export of
> encryption software. Peter D. Junger appeals the district court’s
> grant of summary judgment in favor of Secretary Daley and the other
> defendants.
> The district court found that encryption source code is not
> sufficiently expressive to be protected by the First Amendment,
> that the Export Administration Regulations are permissible
> content-neutral restrictions, and that the Regulations are not
> subject to a facial challenge as a prior restraint on speech.
> Subsequent to the district court’s holding and the oral arguments
> before this Court, the Bureau of Export Administration issued an
> interim final rule amending the regulations at issue. See Revisions
> to Encryption Items, 65 Fed. Reg. 2492 (2000) (to be codified at 15
> C.F.R. Parts 734, 740, 742, 770, 772, 774). Having concluded that
> the First Amendment protects computer source code, we reverse the
> district court and remand this case for further consideration of
> Junger’s constitutional claims in light of the amended regulations.

Peter Junger, led Buddhist Temple, studied and taught computer law
Friday, November 24, 2006
Diane Suchetka
Plain Dealer Reporter

Peter Junger, president and religious chairman of the Cleveland
Buddhist Temple and professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve
University’s School of Law, died at his Cleveland home last week.

Junger, 73, was a computer law expert who sued the U.S. government in
1996, claiming his free-speech rights were denied because a federal
law forbid him from teaching a computer encryption program to students
from Canada or publishing it in a textbook.

The case was eventually settled. But Junger never stopped studying or
teaching computer law and dozens of other subjects.

“He read a lot,” said fellow law professor Wilbur Leatherberry. “He
was a voracious reader and an eclectic reader. He could consume all of
your time.

“Still, it was difficult to resist when he came into your office,
because he always had something interesting to say. And very often, he
could help.”

Just before he died, Junger completed an article on the patentability
of computer software, Leatherberry said. Colleagues hope to get it
published for Junger posthumously.

Junger was born in 1933, grew up in Wyoming and graduated from
Harvard University in 1955 and Harvard Law School in 1958. He worked
in real estate law in New York City from 1961 until 1970, when he
began teaching at Case.

He retired from Case in 2001 and worked as a visiting professor at the
Whittier Law School in California the following academic year. He
returned to Cleveland after that.

Over the years, he wrote articles, chapters and books on topics from
the Pentagon Papers to Buddhism and human rights.

He was named president of the Cleveland Buddhist Temple in 2003.

He had told others he had the flu recently and was found dead in his
apartment last week, apparently having died Tuesday or Wednesday.

Friends remember him roasting his own coffee beans and bringing them
to pancake breakfasts at the temple. They also remember his gourmet
cooking, love of good wine and never-ending generosity.

“He would donate things without saying why,” said Craig Horton,
resident coordinator and minister assistant at the Cleveland Buddhist
Temple, which Junger began attending about 18 years ago.

As religious chairman, Junger coordinated services at the temple. As
president, he oversaw board meetings. And he always made a point of
opening the building at Euclid Avenue and East 214th Street to others.

“He was very welcoming,” said Dean Williams, a Zen priest from another
Buddhist group who used the Cleveland Buddhist Temple for weekly
meditation and weekend retreats.

“He was just this wonderful blending of that legalistic aspect but was
not so wrapped up in it that it prevented him from being openly

He loved the historic temple – founded after World War II by
Japanese-American internees – and its teachings.

“The dharma, the truth or Buddha nature, he was very serious about,”
Horton said, “and he wanted it to be spread throughout the community.”

Services will be announced later. Junger is survived by his
105-year-old mother, Genevieve, of California. He was with her on her
100th and 105th birthdays.

Plain Dealer news researcher Jo Ellen Corrigan contributed to this story.


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