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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.

“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.

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