Article Title

Supreme Court outlaws ban on "obscene" books

Authors

Newspaper

The Oregon Statesman (Salem)

Date

2-26-1957

Challenged Material

obscene books

Reading Level

all levels

Location

Michigan, other U.S. states

Participants

Supreme Court

Outcome

The Supreme Court unanimously struck down a law making it illegal to sell books deemed obscene.

Abstract

The Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Michigan law which made it a crime to sell books deemed to contain obscene language. The suit was brought by Alfred E. Butler, a dealer who was fined $100 after selling a book called "The Devil Rides Outside." Eleven other states are appealing the decision because they have similar laws.

Keywords

Supreme Court, obscene books, values, book sales, offensive language, values

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