The Supreme Court: Naked in Nashville

Is it a crime for a married couple to receive nude photographs of themselves in the U.S. mail? Last week that question got the Supreme Court involved in one of its oddest obscenity decisions yet.

In Nashville, Tenn., in 1964, William and Dorothy Redmond read a magazine ad for a North Carolina correspondence club called "Identification" that appealed to "broadminded persons." Curious to find out whether they filled the bill, the Redmonds answered the ad and learned that the club's services included developing films of nude members and introducing like-minded couples. The...

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