Supreme Court Obscenity

Imprisoned by the Supreme Court, Ralph Ginzburg and First Amendment survived

When Ralph lay dying, he told his wife, Shoshana, "I don't want any memorial services. They're for the living. People have to come, they want to, but it's an imposition. My memorials will be in the obituaries in the press." And when he was near the end, he said, "Shoshana, don't waste any time when it's over, immediately call the Associated Press."

Ralph was wrong. He will be much more than an obituary footnote in the annals of the First Amendment, from which—as Justice Brennan told me long after sidetracking himself in Ralph's case—"all our liberties flow."

So long, Ralph, it was an honor to know you.

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