The Warren Court (1953–69)

Freedom of Expression

What decision prohibited imposing strict liability on booksellers for the contents of books?

The Warren Court ruled in Smith v. California that the First Amendment prohibits imposing criminal liability on booksellers unless they actually know that the material is obscene. The Court ruled that it was unreasonable to require booksellers to know the contents of every book that they sell.


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