LAW & THE LIMELIGHT: Adultery Is an Idea

LAW & THE LIMELIGHT

After taking time to go to the movies, the U.S. Supreme Court last week unanimously came out for free expression of ideas on the screen or elsewhere—even if the ideas happen to be adultery, "socialism or the single tax," or presumably anything anyone can think of.

The movie that moved the court to its far-reaching decision was a French version of D. H. Lawrence's notorious novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover. According to the New York State Board of Regents, the film was "immoral within the intent of our law," which prohibits...

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