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Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson, Commissioner of Education of New York, et al.

By May 26, 1952

In Burstyn v. Wilson, the Supreme Court, for the first time, finds that motion pictures are included within the free speech and free press guaranty of the First Amendment. The Court finds a New York statute that permits the banning of motion pictures on the ground that they are “sacrilegious” to be unconstitutional after the New York State Board of Regents rescinds the license of the distributor of the film “The Miracle” to show the film in the state.