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Young v. American Mini Theatres (doc. #: 75-312) (1976)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Young v. American Mini Theatres  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 03/24/1976
Decided 05/24/1976
Supreme Court Vote 5-4
Note In Reno v. ACLU (1997) Justice Stevens, speaking for the Court, took a far more speech-protective view of indecent expression.
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied.
 
IssueWhether a zoning ordinance classification -- based on a difference between motion picture theaters which exhibit sexually explicit "adult" movies and those which do not -- is unconstitutional because it is based on the content of communication protected by the First Amendment.
 
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Stevens, J. (plurality) (Part III joined by Burger, C.J., Rehnquist, J., and & White, J.)
Concurring Opinion Powell, J.
Dissenting Opinion Stewartt, J. (joined by Brennan, J., Marshall, J., & Blackmun, J.), & Blackmun, J. (joined by Brennan, J., Stewart, J. & Marshall, J.)
Lower Court 6th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Maureen Pulte Reilly

For Respondent
John H. Weston

Opinion - Lower Court
American Mini Theatres, Inc. v. Gribbs, 518 F.2d 1014 (6th Cir., 1975) (2-1) [LexisNexis]

Other
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES & POLICES (2nd ed., 2002), sect. 11.3.4.4, pp. 989-995
Dickson, Del, THE SUPREME COURT IN CONFERENCE (1940-1985): THE PRIVATE DISCUSSIONS BEHIND NEARLY 300 SUPREME COURT DECISIONS (2001), pp. 365-366
Goldman, "A Doctrine of Worthier Speech: Young v. American Mini Theatres," 21 St. Louis Law Journal 281 (1977)
Note, "Zoning--First Amendment--Equal Protection--Zoning Ordinance Regulating ‘Adult’ Theatres and Bookstores Violates Equal Protection . . . .," 54 Texas Law Review 422 (1976)

Note, 28 Case Western Reserve Law Review 456 (1978)
Note, 42 Missouri Law Review 461 (1977)
Shiffrin, Steven, THE FIRST AMENDMENT, DEMOCRACY, AND ROMANCE (1990) pp. 53-55
Sickels, Robert Judd, JOHN PAUL STEVENS & THE CONSTITUTION (1988), pp. 54-55
Tribe, Laurence, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2nd ed., 1988), sect. 12-18, pp. 934-935
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