The Law: The Court Moves Against Porn

Pornography, as everyone knows, is —well, what is it? Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once delivered a classic answer, of sorts, by saying that he could not exactly define it, but "I know it when I see it." Ever since, the Justices have been half-jokingly referring erotic works to Stewart to get his instinctive impressions.

Officially, the court has tried to follow the guidelines of Justice William Brennan who declared that nothing could be banned as pornographic unless it predominantly "appeals to a prurient interest," affronts "contemporary community standards," and is "utterly without...

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