University of Chicago Law Review

Article Title

Civilizing Pornography: The Case for an Exclusive Obscenity Nuisance Statute


Doug Rendleman


Criminal penalties are increasingly perceived to be too severe for regulating obscenity. Professor Rendleman shares this perception and suggests that we replace criminal obscenity laws with an exclusive civil sanction utilizing injunctions. He proposes a comprehensive nuisance statute and discusses the various issues that arise in the equitable regulation of pornography.