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THE SUMMER DAILY

Friday, June 22, 1973
High court tightens
obscenity standards

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not prohibit cities from outlawing
sex segregation in newspaper
help-wanted ads.
0 Ruled that criminal defend-
ants are not entitled to have a
lawyer present when their pic-
tures are shown to prospective
witnesses.
BURGER WAS joined in the
majority obscenity decision by
President Nixon's three other ap-
pointees to the court, Justices
Harry Blackmun, Lewis Powell
Jr., and William Rehnquist, and
by veteran Justice Byron White.
The new guidelines written by
the majority for determining
what is obscene require juries to
decide:
"a) Whether the average per-
son applying contemporary com-
munity standards would find that
the work, taken as a whole, ap-
peals to the prurient interest;
b) Whether the work depicts
or describes in a patently offen-
sive way sexual conduct spe-
cifically defined by the applic.
able state law, and
c) Whether the work, taken as
a whole, lacks serious literary,
artistic, political or scientific
value."
IN ADOPTING the standard of
"serious value," the court re-
jected the requirement first spe-

cifically announced in 1966 that
the work must be "utterly with-
out redeeming social value."
Ralph Ginzburg, a publisher
not directly involved in yester-
day's decisions, called them
"probably the most serious cur-
tailment of freedom of expres-
sion in American history."
"Throughout the world censor-
ship has always started with
sex and eventually extended to
politics and religion," he said.
RPP to hold
benefit dance
for Plo mondon
Carpenter Hall in Ypsilanti
will be rockin' and rollin' to 'the
sounds of Detroit and Uprising
tonight, as the bands put on bene-
fit performances for the Rain-
bow People's Party (RPP) De-
fense Fund.
RPP has been trying to raise
money to defend party members
Pun Plamondon and Craig Blaz-
ier. The duo has been charged
with several felonies in connec-
tion with a marijuana sale. RPP
claims the charges are part of a
"political frame-up."

Candleligh t protest
Numerous Jewish activist organizations joined Wednesday night in a
House at San Clemente, Cal. The groups protested the visit of Soviet
CABLE TROUBLES.
Insurance snags pi

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of the Media Access (enter
(MA( i ivent don to the cable
TV stai-tonwithl a videotape of
a recent cable commission hear-
ing and requested access to a
public channel.
There DePte wts told equip-
ment had been diverted from
public to ctiottmercial broadcast-
ing and, tius, w-is not available
fat- his use.
Charging cable TV is in vio-
Mrs. Mitchell
flees N.Y.C.
NEW YORK (A' )-Martha
Mitchell, wife of former Atty.
Gen. John Mitchell, abdicated her
Fifth Avenue apartment yester-
day in a station wagon loaded
with suitcases.
Mrs. Mitchell, who has com-
plained of harassment by news-
men, was grim-lipped and silent
as her chauffeur helped her into
the car.
The outspoken former first lad
of the Justice Department is re-
portedly anxious to go South for
a rest.

Iation of its legal responsibility
to provide access, MAC is pres-
antiy considering legal action
agaitst the comptny, including a
subscriber's boycoti to be ciun
dueled until access is provided.
SIiAW SAID one channel was
availaible for use and that any
disolacetient of equipment was
only temporary, resulting from
maintenance difficulties.
Then, Shaw said DePue had
taken his tape to the wrong place
-rules designate the company
offices, rather than the station,
as the place of delivery.
However, he refused to com-
ment on whether DePue would
have had a better reception if
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