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Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson
United States Supreme Court
343 U.S. 495 (1952)
A New York statute banned the exhibition of motion pictures deemed sacrilegious by the state education department. Joseph Burstyn, Inc. (Burstyn) (plaintiff) sought—and initially obtained—permission to exhibit an Italian film called The Miracle. Following complaints from the public, the New York State Board of Regents (the regents), which headed the education department, ordered a ban on further showings of the film, on the ground that it was sacrilegious. Burstyn brought suit. The trial court upheld the regents’ order. The appellate court affirmed. Burstyn appealed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Clark, J.)
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