Redrup v. New York  

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Redrup v. New York, 386 U.S. 767 (1967), was a May 8, 1967 ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, widely regarded as the end of American censorship of written fiction.

Robert Redrup was a Times Square newsstand clerk who sold two of William Hamling's Greenleaf Classics pulp sex novels, Lust Pool [1] and Shame Agent [2] to plainclothes police. He was tried and convicted in 1965.

In true nobrow fashion Hamling did not believe he was selling "commercialized obscenity," nor would he admit to "titillating the prurient interests of people with a weakness for such expression." Hamling felt his books were giving people who would never have the skills to read and enjoy Ulysses or Fanny Hill or Naked Lunch what they wanted.

With financial backing from William Hamling, Redrup appealed his case to the Supreme Court where his conviction is overturned by 7-2. The court's final ruling on May 8 in 1967 was in favor of freedom of speech, affirming that materials that were not pandered, sold to minors, or foisted on unwilling audiences were constitutionally protected, thereby de facto ending American censorship. (cfr. Patrick J. Kearney)

After this decision, the Supreme Court systematically and summarily reversed, without further opinion, scores of obscenity rulings involving paperback sex books, girlie magazines and peep shows.

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