Smith v. California
Decided Dec. 16, 1963, 375 U.S. 259


I. ISSUES II. CASE SUMMARY III. AMICI CURIAE IV. DECISION V. WIN OR LOSS?
I. ISSUES:

A. Issues Discussed: 1st Amendment (Obscenity)

B. Legal Question Presented: Unknown
II. CASE SUMMARY:

A. Background:

[Editor's Note: the Court's judgement in section IV is the only information available in the case document. We could not find any additional information about the case background.]
B. Counsel of Record:
ACLU Side
(Petitioner/Appellant)
Opposing Side
(Respondent/Appellee)
Unavailable Unavailable
C. The Arguments:
ACLU Side
(Petitioner/Appellant)
Opposing Side
(Respondent/Appellee)
Unavailable Unavailable
III. AMICI CURIAE:
ACLU Side
(Petitioner/Appellant)
Opposing Side
(Respondent/Appellee)
Briefs of amici curiae, urging reversal, were filed by Edward de Grazia for Allen et al.; by Thomas M. Thomas for American Library Association, and by Nathan L. Schoichet, A. L. Wirin and Fred Okrand for American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Roger Arnebergh, Philip E. Grey and William E. Doran for respondent. Charles H. Keating, Jr. for Citizens for Decent Literature, Inc., et al., as amici curiae, in support of respondent.
IV. THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION:

"PER CURIAM.

The motion of Citizens for Decent Literature, Inc., et al., for leave to file a brief, as amici curiae, is granted. The judgment is vacated and the case is remanded to the Appellate Department of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, for further consideration in light of the decision of the Supreme Court of California in Zeitlin v. Arnebergh, 59 Cal. 2d 901, 383 P.2d 152."

Justice Vote: 9 Pro vs. 0 Con
      • Warren, E. Pro
      • Black, H. Pro
      • Clark, T. Pro
      • Harlan, J. Pro
      • White, B. Pro
  • Goldberg, A. Pro 
  • Stewart, P. Pro 
  • Brennan, W. Pro 
  • Douglas, W. Pro
V. A WIN OR LOSS FOR THE ACLU?

The ACLU filed as amicus urging reversal; the Supreme Court vacated the ruling of the state's lower courts in a 9-0 vote, giving the ACLU an apparent win.