Venue Concerns For Violations Of Federal Obscenity Laws

In United States v. Thomas, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals determined the applicability of the federal statute, 18 U.S.C. Section 1465, to a different context than mere telephone lines. The court determined that the venue of Tennessee was indeed proper since the obscene material was sent there and that the community standards for obscenity should be determined according to the forum state.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Why wasn’t jurisdiction an issue in this case?
Why wasn’t the First Amendment implicated here?


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