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Freedman v. Maryland

Freedman v. Maryland
Supreme Court of the United States
Argued November 19, 1964
Decided March 1, 1965
Full case name Freedman v. Maryland
Citations 380 more)
85 S. Ct. 734; 13 L. Ed. 2d 649; 1965 U.S. LEXIS 1732; 1 Media L. Rep. 1126
The Maryland law is unconstitutional, since it provides the danger of unduly suppressing protected expression.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Brennan, joined by unanimous
Concurrence Douglas, joined by Black

Freedman v. Maryland, 380 Motion Picture Association of America—most state and local boards ceased operating.


Ronald Freedman challenged the law of Maryland that films must be submitted to the Maryland State Board of Censors before being shown in theaters, claiming it unconstitutional; violating freedom of expression granted by the First Amendment.

Opinion of the Court

In a unanimous opinion by Justice Brennan, the Court held that a rating board could only approve a film and had no power to ban a film.

See also

Freedom of speech portal


Further reading

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