Even though the text of the First Amendment provides that "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech," it has long been established that there are certain categories of expression that do not receive First Amendment protection. One of those well established exceptions is obscenity. In particular, The government has a compelling interest in protecting minors from obscene and harmful material. In United States v. American Library Association this interest came into conflict with the library as a public forum and its First Amendment protection of free speech.
Hosted by David L. Hudson, Jr. A scholar at the First Amendment Center, Hudson writes for firstamendmentcenter.org and for other publications devoted to First Amendment issues. He is the author or co-author of 20 books, including several on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Constitution and student rights.
Eight 30 minute programs on 8 DVDs.
EACH DVD/ PROGRAM $49.99
OTHER FIRST AMENDMENT DVDS:
- Boy Scouts of America v. Dale: The Gay Scoutmaster Case
- Bartnicki v. Vopper: The Illegal Digital Intercept Case
- Zelman v. Simmons-Harris:The School Voucher Case
- Van Orden v. Perry and McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky: The 10 Commandments Cases
- Garcetti v. Ceballos: The Whistleblower Case
- Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: The Campaign Finance Reform Case
- United States v. Stevens: The Dog Fighting Case
"This title is from an eight-volume set ($49.99 each) that examines First Amendment cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Each similarly structured program features legal scholar David L. Hudson Jr. introducing the featured case before main arguments are presented through dramatizations. Following the decision, the verdict is discussed and debated by various experts. Video and audio resolution is extremely high, with the mix of dramatizations and onscreen commentaries adding visual variety. Although one might think this case deals exclusively with pornography issues, the scope is much wider, with the decision delving into censorship-versus-selection issues, library roles and responsibilities, and more. The verdict in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale: The Gay Scoutmaster Case also touches upon subjects beyond homosexuality, including the right of associations to assemble and propagate viewpoints. Other series titles introduce cases involving school vouchers, digital intercept, the 10 Commandments, whistle-blowers, campaign-finance reform, and dog fighting. Contains a downloadable teachers' guide and audio of Supreme Court oral arguments."- Booklist