Luke Records, Inc. V. Navarro

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Name Luke Records, Inc. v. Navarro, 960 F.2d 134 (11th Cir. 1992) Procedural History Appealed from the trial court decision. Facts Luke Records, Inc., a recording label, held a contract with the musical group 2 Live Crew. This group was well known in the genre of "Rap" music, which has repeatedly been accused of incorporating "obscene" lyrics into the music. Obscene, in this sense, pertains only to the legal definition of obscenity, not what any particular person or moral code may deem obscene. Luke Records, Inc. was a Florida Corporation and Nick Navarro was the sheriff of Broward County at the time. The sheriff obtained an ex-parte injunction (this means an injunction without both parties being present at the initial hearing) granting the sheriff an injunction (a court order to "stop" doing a particular act). This injunction was served on local record stores in an effort to have the music removed from Florida retail sale. After the local Florida Circuit Court in Broward County issued the injunction, the decision was appealed to the United States District Court for Southern Florida where the Court ordered the sheriff to stop enforcing the injunction, but did, in fact, rule that the music was obscene, especially the song "As Nasty As They Wanna Be." The sheriff appealed the case to the United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, in Atlanta. Issue Is this music obscene under Florida state law and/or federal Constitution? Holding/Decision No Rule Obscenity must meet three part rule. Based on Supreme Court case Miller v. CA. All three parts must be met: 1. (a) whether “the average person, applying contemporary community standards” would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; 2. (b) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state

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