Secondary effects and public morality

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Legarre, Santiago
Mitchell, Gregory J.

Título: Secondary effects and public morality

Harvard Law School

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Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 40 (2), 2017

ISSN 0193-4872

Disponibilidad: Acceso abierto

Cita: Legarre, S., Mitchell, G.J. (2017). Secondary effects and public morality [en línea]. Harvard journal of law and public policy 40(2). Disponible en: Registro en: public-morality [Fecha de consulta:....]

Descripción: Introduction: When may the state regulate constitutionally protected activity in the interests of public morality? In Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc., City of Erie v. Pap’s A.M., and City of Los Angeles v. Alameda Books, Inc., the Supreme Court considered First Amendment challenges to three state regulations of adult businesses. The controversial subject matter of the cases, against the backdrop of expanding First Amendment protections and changing societal mores, exposed a philosophical knot within the Court’s jurisprudence. And a difficult one at that: the three cases resulted in twelve opinions authored by seven different Justices and brought into focus an unresolved tension surrounding the legitimacy of morality as a basis for lawmaking. This Article examines the Justices’ struggle to reconcile the intuitive sense that adult businesses can be detrimental to society at large with two countervailing forces: first, the common opinion that the state has no business legislating morality, and second, that the First Amendment now affords wide protection to activities once considered obscene and meriting little constitutional protection...

Fil: Legarre, Santiago. Universidad Católica Argentina. Facultad de Derecho; Argentina

Fil: Legarre, Santiago. Notre Dame Law School Indiana; Estados Unidos

Fil: Legarre, Santiago. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina

Fil: Legarre, Santiago. Strathmore Law School Nairobi; Kenia
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