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Cincinnati v. Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

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State of Ohio


Dennis Barrie and the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

Plaintiff's Claim

That the exhibition of photographs by the artist Robert Mapplethorpe was obscene.

Chief Lawyers for the Plaintiff

Richard A. Castellini, Frank H. Prouty, Jr., and Melanie J. Reising

Chief Defense Lawyers

Marc D. Mezibov and H. Louis Sirkin


F. David J. Albanese


Cincinnati, Ohio

Date of Decision

5 October 1990


The jury found the five photographs in question not to be obscene.

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  • Kois v. Wisconsin, 408 U.S. 229 (1972).
  • Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973).


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