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Butt v. Utah

Petition for certiorari denied on February 25, 2013
Docket No. Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-348 N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2012

Issue: (1) Whether jury decisions that material is obscene – either obscene for all viewers or just for minors – should be reviewed using the independent appellate review mandated by Bose Corp. v. Consumers Union of U.S., Inc. and Jenkins v. Georgia, as there is a split on this question among state courts of last resort and federal circuit courts; and (2) whether this Court should provide lower courts with a benchmark precedent about what material is “obscene as to minors” or “harmful to minors,” by deciding whether roughly drawn pictures, lacking in sexual content, sent by a father to his wife to be shown to his young child are properly viewed as “obscene as to minors.”

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Sep 6 2012Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 22, 2012)
Oct 18 2012Order extending time to file response to petition to and including November 21, 2012.
Oct 22 2012Brief amicus curiae of National Coalition Against Censorship filed.
Oct 22 2012Brief amicus curiae of Professor Paul R. Abramson filed.
Nov 21 2012Brief of respondent Utah in opposition filed.
Dec 3 2012Reply of petitioner Eric Leon Butt, Jr. filed. (Distributed)
Dec 5 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 4, 2013.
Jan 3 2013Record Requested .
Jan 16 2013Record received from the Seventh Judicial District Court, Monticello Department (electronically filed).
Jan 22 2013Record received the Supreme Court of Utah (electronically filed).
Jan 23 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 15, 2013.
Feb 19 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 22, 2013.
Feb 25 2013Petition DENIED.