The U.S. Supreme Court had great difficulty reaching a consensus on the legal standard for what is or is not obscene. This was the critical issue, as once it was determined that something was obscene, it was no longer protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Freedom of speech and press are guaranteed by the First Amendment. The words of the amendment are simple and seemingly absolute. The amendment states, in pertinent part, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or ...

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