Saturday, June 21, 2008

On June 21

On this day in ...
... 1953 (55 years ago today), Benazir Bhutto was born in Karachi, Pakistan. Bhutto (left) would twice serve as her country's Prime Minister. Last December, an assassin's bullet ended her 3d bid for that position. Prior IntLawGrrls posts here.
... 1973 (35 years ago today), reviewing a conviction for unsolicited mailing of sexually explicit materials, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Miller v. California. By a vote of 5-4, it held that the 1st Amendment to the Constitution does not protect "obscenity"; that is, material that, in the view of jurors: (1) would be seen, "as a whole," by "the average person, applying contemporary community standards," to "appea[l] to the prurient interest"; (2) "depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law"; and (3) "taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value."

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