GRONER v. U. S. - 419 U.S. 1010 (1974)


U.S. Supreme Court

GRONER v. U. S. , 419 U.S. 1010 (1974)

419 U.S. 1010

William GRONER, dba Lucky Distributors
v.
UNITED STATES.
No. 73-1932.

Supreme Court of the United States

November 11, 1974

On petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

Mr. Justice BRENNAN, with whom Mr. Justice STEWART and Mr. Justice MARSHALL join, dissenting.

Petitioner was convicted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas of using a com-

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mon carrier in interstate commerce for carriage of allegedly obscene matter in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1462, which provides in pertinent part as follows:

    'Whoever . . . knowingly uses any express company or other common carrier, for carriage in interstate or foreign commerce--
    '(a) any obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy book, pamphlet, picture, motion-picture film, paper, letter, writing, print, or other matter of indecent character.

* * * * *

    'Shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both . . ..'

The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court affirmed the conviction, 479 F.2d 577 (CA5 1973) (en banc), and this Court vacated the judgment of that court and remanded the case for reconsideration in light of Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973), and companion cases. On remand, the Fifth Circuit again affirmed the conviction. 494 F.2d 499 (CA5 1974).

I adhere to my dissent in United States v. Orito, 413 U.S. 139, 147 (1973), in which, speaking of 18 U.S.C. 1462, I expressed the view that '[w]hatever the extent of the Federal Government's power to bar the distribution of allegedly obscene material to juveniles or the offensive exposure of such material to unconsenting adults, the statute before us is clearly overbroad and unconstitutional on its face.' Id., at 147-148. For the reasons stated in my dissent in Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973), I would therefore grant certiorari, and, since the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was rendered after Orito, reverse.* In that circumstance, I have no occasion to consider whether the [419 U.S. 1010 , 1012]




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