Summary of Stanley v. Georgia (1969)
Police searching home for gambling stuff and find obscene/dirty videos in the home. Prosecuted for possession of videos.
Held: Unconstitutional. Individuals have the right to do whatever in their own private space
(1) This implicates the personal autonomy value [inherent in the 1st A].
(2) Imposes a BALANCE on Chaplinsky
(a) Rationale: Ideas don’t just happen. Notion of thinking about things, especially in solitude
(b) Sorta like human rights law: concept of the liberty of conscience
(c) Also like Thurgood Marshall’s idea: We have the ability to form our own ideas/thoughts/values before engaging in the marketplace
(d) Like lawrence v. tx: what happens in one’s own bedroom is not the court’s business.