Osborne v. Ohio

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Osborne v. Ohio, 495 U.S. 103 (1990), is a Supreme Court of the United States case in which the Court held that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution allows states to outlaw the mere possession, as distinct from the distribution, of child pornography. Justices Brennan, Marshall, and Stevens dissented.

Until Osborne, it was unheard of in modern First Amendment law that speech could be banned because of the possibility that someone might use it for nefarious purposes. In this case, the nefarious purpose was child pornography as a tool of seduction - using it to seduce new victims or to convince children to submit to sexual violation.