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Freedman v. Maryland

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Ronald Freedman


State of Maryland

Appellant's Claim

That Maryland's statute requiring that all films be submitted to a board of censors before being exhibited violated freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Felix J. Bilgrey

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Thomas B. Finan

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Arthur Goldberg, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

1 March 1965


Deemed the procedures followed by Maryland's Motion Picture Censor Board unconstitutional.

Related Cases

  • Mutual Film Corp. v. Industrial Commission, 236 U.S. 230 (1914).
  • Burstyn v. Wilson, 343 U.S. 495 (1952).
  • Kingsley International Pictures v. Regents, 360 U.S. 684 (1959).
  • Times Film Corp. v. Chicago, 365 U.S. 43 (1961).

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