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Jenkins v. Georgia (docket #: 73-557) (1974)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 04/15/1974
Decided 06/24/1974
Supreme Court Vote 9-0
Supreme Court Ruling Free Speech claim upheld; holding that the film "Carnal Knowledge" is not obscene under the constitutional standards announced in Miller v. California.
IssueWhether the film "Carnal Knowledge" was obscene and hence not entitled to the protection for free expression that is guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Lower Court Georgia Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling Free Speech claim denied.
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
Louis Nizer

For Respondent
Tony H. Hight

For Amicus
Charles H. Keating, Jr. pro se (supporting Respondents)

National Association of Theatre Owners, Adult Film Association of America, Inc., Directors Guild of America, American Booksellers Assn., Inc., Periodical Distributors Assns., Inc., et al (supporting Petitioners)

Opinion - Lower Court
Jenkins v. State, 230 Ga. 726, (Ga. 1963)
"4-to-3 Ruling Finds ‘Carnal Knowledge’ Obscene in Georgia," New York Times, Jul. 4, 1973, pg. 44
"High Court Actions," New York Times, Dec. 11, 1973, pg. 14
"Pornography," The Washington Post, Jul. 4, 1973, sect. A, pg. 25
"Summary of Actions Taken by the Supreme Court," New York Times, Jun. 25, 1974, pg. 19
Cromie, Bob, "Perspective; Chance to clear obscenity fog," Chicago Tribune, Oct. 13, 1974, sect. S, pg. 14
Elsasser, Glen, "Court reopens smut controversy," Chicago Tribune, Dec. 11, 1973, pg. 3
MacKenzie, John P., "Court Eases Its Stand on Obscenity; High Court Eases Stand on Obscenity," The Washington Post, Jun. 25, 1974, sect. A, pg. 1
MacKenzie, John P., "Court to Review Obscenity Ruling on ‘Carnal Knowledge," The Washington Post, Times Herald, Dec. 11, 1973, sect. A, pg. 6
Matthews, Linda, "Court May Refine Ruling on Obscenity; Court Ruling," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 11, 1973, sect. A, pg. 3
Matthews, Linda, "Supreme Court Asked to Limit ’73 Rulings to Hard-Core Pornography," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 16, 1974, pg. 5
Weaver, Warren, "Court to Review Obscenity Case; ‘Carnal Knowledge’ Appeal Is Accepted-Clarification of New Guidelines Hinted Retroactivity an Issue Charitable Law Practice Indian Hair Length," New York Times, Dec. 11, 1973, pg. 13
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