“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.”— Justice Potter Stewart, concurring opinion in Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184 (1964), regarding possible obscenity in The Lovers.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
It Wasn't an Obscene Gesture, At Least Not in Part of Connecticut
A Connecticut trial court held that giving a state trooper "the finger" wasn't about sex, so it wouldn't support an obscenity conviction.