contemporary community standards were to think that the so called obscene

Contemporary community standards were to think that

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contemporary community standards were to think that the so called “obscene material” was or was not obscene. Warren E. Burger wrote the majority opinion for the case in 1971. New York Times Co. v Sullivan This case was decided with Abernathy v. Sullivan, New York Times v Sullivan was when an advertisement posted in the New York Times that said that the arrest of Martin Luther King Jr. for perjury in Alabama was part of a campaign to destroy King's efforts to integrate public facilities and encourage blacks to vote. Sullivan claimed that the article hurt his reputation as the Montgomery city commissioner, so he filed a civil action suit against the newspaper and four black ministers who were listed as endorsers of the ad. The court decided that the first amendment protected the New York Times publication and all statements, even false ones, about the conduct of public officials except with knowledge that they are false or in reckless disregard of their truth. Tinker v. Des Moines A group of students in Des Moines decided to get together and peacefully protest the Vietnam War as a school community. Students wore black bandanas on their arms. The school found out about the plans and decided to ban all bandanas, letting students get one warning, and if they failed to comply receive detention. When several students were asked to leave the campus, they did not return until the scheduled last day of protest. The students decided to sue the school through their parents for restricting their rights of expression. The 7-2 majority concluded that the arm bands were a form of free speech, and that students did not lose all their rights of free speech as soon as they step onto a campus. Texas v Johnson Gregory Lee Johnson, in 1984 burned an American flag in front of the Dallas city Hall. Johnson was protesting the Reagan administration and their policies. Gregory Johnson was arrested and was sentenced to a year in jail and had to pay an additional two thousand dollar fine as well. Johnson was tried under Texas Law and was convicted due to the law banning flag desecration. Later the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the decision, and Gregory Lee Johnson’s fate was given to the Supreme Court. The question that the court had to answer was, is the desecration of the flag as free speech protected under the first amendment. The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that Johnson was protected under the first amendment. The court found that the burning of the flag was not illegal just since it was offensive and that it had a political nature.
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Gregg v Georgia In 1975 Gregg was found guilty of armed robbery and murder and was given the death penalty. Gregg’s case was affirmed by the Georgia Supreme Court. Gregg tried to challenge the death penalty claiming that it was a cruel and unusual punishment which violated his eight and 14th amendment rights. The Supreme Courte ruled in a 7-2 decision that the punishment of death was not illegal under the eighth or 14th amendment. The court said that in cases like his that the death penalty is legal. The court
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