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Freedman v. Maryland

United States Supreme Court
380 U.S. 51 (1965)


Facts

The state of Maryland (plaintiff) enacted a law that required approval of a State Board of Censors prior to the public screening of any motion picture. Freedman (defendant) sought to oppose the law as unconstitutional and screened a film without first submitting it to the Board of Censors. Freedman was convicted of violating the censorship statute. Freedman petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.

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Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

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Concurrence (Douglas, J.)

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