Unformatted text preview: protection ends or unprotected speech begins 6) Justice William Brennan, defined obscenity as speech or writing that appeals to the “prurient interest”—that is, books, magazines, films , and so on, whose purpose is to excite lust. 7) Brennan added, the work should be judged obscene only when it is “utterly without redeeming social importance; instead of clarifying the Courts view, it actually cause more confusion. 8) In 1964, Justice Potter Stewart, confessed that, although he found pornography impossible to define, “I know it when I see it.” 9) In 1973, the Supreme Court expressed its willingness to define pornography as a work which • As a whole, is deemed prurient by the “average person” according to “community standards” • Depicts sexual conduct “in a patently offensive way” • Lacks “serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”...
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- Spring '06
- Government, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Obscenity