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Natural Born Copycat Killers And The Law Of Shock Torts, John Charles Kunich Jan 2000

Natural Born Copycat Killers And The Law Of Shock Torts, John Charles Kunich

Washington University Law Review

This Article explores the legal ramifications inherent in the putative links between violent deaths—both homicides and suicides—and various entertainment industry products, including motion pictures, television programs, video games, and musical recordings. We briefly review some examples in which popular entertainment-media allegedly played a significant role in spurring individuals to commit acts of violence against themselves or others. While some of these violent events have been widely reported, others are less well known. In any event, we provide some factual predicate in order to establish the context for one of the most controversial legal issues of modern times. Then ...


Nea V. Finley: A Decision In Search Of A Rationale, Lackland H.,Jr. Bloom Jan 1999

Nea V. Finley: A Decision In Search Of A Rationale, Lackland H.,Jr. Bloom

Washington University Law Review

For the better part of a decade, debate has raged over whether Congress can constitutionally restrict, or at least influence, the ability of the National Endowment for the Arts (“NEA”) to award grants to artists and institutions for the creation or display of art work that a significant segment of the public would consider highly offensive. In the October 1997 Term, the Supreme Court, by an 8-1 margin in NEA v. Finley, upheld section 954(d), a 1991 congressional amendment to the NEA Act that requires the Chairperson of the NEA to ensure that, in establishing regulations and procedures for ...