Wednesday, September 06, 2006

National Obscenity Law Center

InSite recently wrote about the National Obscenity Law Center. From Insite:
The National Obscenity Law Center (NOLC) is a clearinghouse on civil and criminal obscenity law. The Center maintains copies of all reported obscenity cases since 1800. NOLC files also include categories of material and information such as legal memoranda, pleadings and motions, jury selection, jury instructions, expert witness bank, articles, statutes and ordinances. Begun as a recommendation of the Hill-Link Minority Report of the Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (often cited by the U.S. Supreme Court), the clearinghouse concept was tested and proven as a Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA) project from 1973 to 1975, and is now continued through private funding. NOLC makes available selected articles from its bi-monthly "Obscenity Law Bulletin," which contains information, articles, and comments regarding the most recent obscenity cases and related issues. Chapter descriptions and a chapter index from the "Obscenity Law Reporter" are available for free, but the reporter itself is not online. The site also offers several ordinance construction studies on sexually oriented businesses (SOBs).