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Obscenity Case Files: Memoirs v. Massachusetts

August 7, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Memoirs v. Massachusetts

In 1966, eleven years after the decision in Roth v. United States held that obscenity was not protected by the First Amendment and attempted to define obscene speech, came the landmark case of Memoirs v. Massachusetts. This case is about a book, originally published in 1748, that explores the sexual exploits of a 15-year-old prostitute…

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Singapore’s State Prosecutor Drops Sedition Charges Against Cartoonist

August 1, 2013
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Singapore’s State Prosecutor Drops Sedition Charges Against Cartoonist

Sedition charges against Singapore cartoonist Leslie Chew, have been dropped. Back in May, we reported that Chew had been arrested for alleged racial insensitivity and sedition as a result of a complaint about one of his Facebook comic strips called Demon-cratic Singapore. Chun Han Wong writes for The Wall Street Journal‘s Southeast Asia blog, describing…

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Obscenity Case Files: Roth v. United States

July 25, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Roth v. United States

It may come as a surprise, but the freedom of speech laid out by the First Amendment doesn’t actually include all forms of speech. Roth v. United States is a landmark case that held that obscene speech was a category that did not fall under the umbrella of First Amendment protection. This case also clumsily…

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Obscenity Case Files: Miller v. California

July 3, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Miller v. California

The First Amendment guarantees our right to free speech, but there are certain types of speech that fall outside of its protection. Obscenity is a type of unprotected speech, but what exactly is considered obscene in the eyes of the law? Courts have struggled to sort out this murky definition, and the landmark 1973 decision…

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N.J. Proposal Calls for Distribution of Suspect Research on Video Games

July 2, 2013
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N.J. Proposal Calls for Distribution of Suspect Research on Video Games

Last December’s massacre at Sandy Hook elementary was a grim reminder that gun violence is an all too real issue that we are plagued with today. In addition to targeting gun control itself, both legislators and concerned citizens are constantly looking for other avenues to place blame. New Jersey, for example, is choosing to point…

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