1994-03-05 - Re: Gun conversion info banned

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From: mcb@net.bio.net (Michael C. Berch)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1994-03-05 00:53:44 UTC
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From: mcb@net.bio.net (Michael C. Berch)
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 94 16:53:44 PST
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: Gun conversion info banned
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Mike Godwin writes:
> > "labeling for an unlawful medical device" -- the Orgone Accumulator.  
> > Likewise FDA seizures of Scientolgy literature in the '60s as "labeling 
> > for an unlawful medical device" -- E-meters.  Then there are the moves 
> > against vitamin literature in recent FDA raids.  I don't think the courts 
> > have ever faced the specific issue of regulatory censorship.
> These cases are pre-Brandenburg v. Ohio. In Brandenburg, the Supreme Court
> held that mere advocacy of illegal conduct is Constitutionally protected.

But the Court has upheld various police-power suppressions of
advertising material, etc., even after Brandenburg (1969, right?) under
the "commercial speech" exception, like Pittsburgh Press v Human
Relations Comm.  413 U.S. 376 (1973). [Glommed from my 1979 Con Law

This is a doctrine that commercial expression is less Constitutionally
protected than political and literary expression for historical and
public policy reasons.

I don't know what the present state of the commercial speech exception
is, but it has definitely been a nasty stain on First Amendment jurisprudence
since Valentine v Chrestensen in 1942.

Michael C. Berch
mcb@net.bio.net / mcb@postmodern.com