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Southeastern Promotions, Ltd. v. Conrad (docket #: 73-1004) (1975)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 10/17/1974
Decided 3/18/1975
Supreme Court Vote 5-1-3
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim upheld; proper safeguards were not in place to avoid censoring protected expression.
IssueWhether the denial of a city facility for a production of "Hair" because it contained "obscene" conduct constituted a prior restraint and violated the First Amendment.
Majority Opinion Blackmun, J.
Concurring Opinion Douglas, J. (dissenting in part and concurring in part)
Dissenting Opinion White, J. (joined by Burger, C.J.) & Rehnquist, J.
Lower Court 6th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
For Petitioner
Henry P. Monaghan

For Respondent
Randall L. Nelson

For Amicus
Irwin Karp for the Authors League of America, Inc. (for petitioner)

"Entangled 'Hair'," The Washington Post, Oct. 18, 1974, Sect. B, p. 5
"High Court Rejects Ban on Play 'Hair'," The Los Angeles Times, March 18, 1975, p. 1
Green, Wayne E., "Controversial Cases," The Wall Street Journal, Oct.4, 1974, p. 28
MacKenzie, John P., "Court Curbs Censoring of Live Theater," The Washington Post, March 19, 1975, Sect. A, p. 1
Mathews, Linda, "High Court Curbs Play Censorship," The Los Angeles Times, March 19, 1975, Sect. A, p. 1
"Freedom of Theater," The New York Times, March 23, 1975, p. 196
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