When Sir Charles Sidlye exhibited himself nude on a balcony in 1663, he undoubtedly did not know his eccentric conduct would foreshadow what has become one of the most troublesome areas of constitutional law. The failure of the Supreme Court to provide clear constitutional guidelines for anti-obscenity legislation has occasioned confusion among state and federal authorities, has precipitated a flood of litigation burdening the Court with the task of reviewing a mass of sexually explicit materials to determine what is and is not obscene, and has engendered widespread criticism of the Court's policy in this area of law.
Constitutional Law- Obscenity Redefined,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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