The "I Know It When I See It" Standard, Set in Comic Sans

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I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [“hard-core pornography”]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.

—Justice Potter Stewart, Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184 (1964) (concurring).

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  • Dianne Weiss

    I haven’t had a good laugh for today, and I laughed so hard at this post, people actually looked at me. And in my office, when people looks at you, it is never a good thing. Awesome!

  • Louis

    I think this expression about knowing one when you see one is equally applicable to spotting beautiful women lawyers.

  • Derek

    It sounds like Justice Stewart is rather experienced with the kind of material embraced within a certain shorthand description. What a roundabout way of saying that something isn’t what it is being claimed to be. Very sans comical post.

  • David K. Hiscock

    Once again now, in dingbats…
    All respect – David K. Hiscock