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Obscenity Case Files: Zap Comix #4

June 13, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Zap Comix #4

This edition of the obscenity files turns to the world of comics (or rather, comix) to take a look at the arrest and prosecution of two salespeople who sold a Robert Crumb underground comic that featured an all-American incestual orgy to an undercover police officer. This case would not only stall the underground comix movement, but…

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Obscenity Case Files: George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words

May 22, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words

When George Carlin recorded an expletive-laden 12-minute monologue before a live audience in a California theatre, he probably didn’t expect it to become the basis of a key Supreme Court decision. But in 1973, the monologue was aired as part of a radio broadcast, and it was heard by a man who complained to the…

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Obscenity Case Files: Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

May 8, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

The case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District is special for several reasons. First, Tinker is a landmark case that defines the constitutional rights of students in public schools. But more importantly, Tinker shows that people can make a difference in the world by standing up for what they believe. These people don’t…

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Obscenity Case Files: United States v. One Book Called “Ulysses”

April 24, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: United States v. One Book Called “Ulysses”

James Augusta Aloysius Joyce is considered to be one of the most influential writers of the early 20th century. His book Ulysses has been called one of the most challenging and rewarding novels ever written and is considered to be one of the most important works of Modernist literature. However, what many may not realize…

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Obscenity Case Files: The Miracle Decision

March 6, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: The Miracle Decision

Before 1952, movies were not provided and protection from censorship under the Constitution. Things changed in 1952 thanks to Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, and an amorous interlude between a wanderer named Saint Joseph and a disturbed peasant who believes herself to be the Virgin Mary. In the landmark case of Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson,…

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