|His Appointment||Stanley v. Georgia (1969)||Dandridge v. Williams (1970)||Roe v. Wade (1971)|
|Milliken v. Bradley (1974)||Regents of the Univ. of CA v. Bakke (1978)||Cruzan v. Director MO Dept. of Health (1989)||Perry v. Louisiana (1990)|
Stanley v. Georgia (1969)
In Stanley v. Georgia, pornographic films were found in Stanley’s home while police were investigating under a warranted search for gambling evidence. This resulted in his arrest for possession of pornographic material, which was against Georgia law. The Supreme Court overturned this arrest, with Marshall’s majority opinion stating that it was a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. He said of the case, “If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a State has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.”1 Although pornographic films were of no social value, he said, “the right to receive information and ideas…is fundamental to our free society.”2 It was an important reestablishment of the citizens’ right of choice free from government intervention.
1 A Defiant Life (p317)
2 Warrior at the Bar, Rebel on the Bench (p306)