Public Decency: Kelley's Dance

As interpreted by the late Chief Justice Fred Vinson, the First Amendment to the Constitution is based on the theory that "speech can rebut speech, propaganda will answer propaganda," and free debate will be a bulwark against tyranny. Just what Kelley Iser has to add to that debate is not clear at first glance. Kelley is a California nightclub dancer whose specialty was described by police as "30 seconds of wiggling around on her hands and knees with her breasts exposed." Yet the California Supreme Court has just ruled that Kelley's...

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