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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Ruth Ihrig to Justice Harry Blackmun. Typescript letter, March 21, 1988. Harry A. Blackmun Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. (005.00.00)

Public Opinion on Hustler v. Falwell

The court received numerous letters in response to the unanimous Hustler v. Falwell opinion. While some applauded the decision, many suggested the justices had abdicated any sense of moral responsibility. In this letter, the writer describes the ruling as "repugnant" to anyone holding Judeo-Christian values. Referencing the Roe v. Wade ruling, the author asserts "in 1973 . . . nine judges decided who should live. In 1988 . . . nine judges decided how society should live."