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Paris Adult Theatre I v. Slaton

United States Supreme Court
413 U.S. 49 (1973)


Facts

Paris Adult Theatre I (PAD) (defendant) owned and operated an adult movie theater in Atlanta, Georgia. On December 28, 1970, Slaton (plaintiff), the local district attorney, complained to the local state court that PAD was showing two obscene films depicting sexual acts and nudity. PAD was convicted by the Georgia Supreme Court of violating state obscenity laws. PAD challenged the conviction on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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