Sunday, June 24, 2012

On June 24

On this day in ...
... 1957 (55 years ago today), in its judgment in Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-to-3 that the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect obscenity; thus it affirmed petitioner/bookseller's conviction for distributing obscene materials through the mail, in violation of a federal felony statute. (photo credit) The Court articulated a definition of obscenity -- one it would adjust in Miller v. California (1973).

(Prior June 24 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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