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Roth v. United States
United States Supreme Court
354 U.S. 476 (1957)
A federal obscenity statute prohibited the mailing of “every obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy book, pamphlet, picture, paper, letter, writing, print, or other publication of an indecent character.” Roth (defendant) operated a book-selling business in New York and was prosecuted by the federal government (plaintiff) for violating the federal statute after mailing out obscene pamphlets. Roth challenged his conviction on the grounds that the federal statute violated the First Amendment. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)
Dissent (Douglas, J.)
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