JUDICIARY: Innocent Passage

Hans Pete Mortensen and wife Lorraine operate a brothel called the Nifty Rooms lodging house, in Grand Island, Neb. (pop. 19,130). The Mortensens considerately took two of their girls to Salt Lake City for a brief vacation. The girls relaxed, had an innocent good time, returned refreshed to their work in Grand Island. But the Government convicted the Mortensens of violating the Mann Act.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in effect, that prostitutes have as much right to vacations as anybody else. It reversed the Mortensen conviction by a vote of 5-to-4. Wrote Justice Murphy for the majority: "What...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!