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Supreme Court of The United States

Supreme Court of The United States

Since the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is the final authority within the USA’s judicial system, it has an enormous importance. The Court orders the final judgment in the end of two levels; district courts and circuit courts. SCOTUS has the power to decide appeals on all cases brought in State Court which contradicts with the federal law. Its ability to exercise the judicial review of legislation for compatibility with the Constitution and to cancel incompatible legislation is why this Court is truly significant. This year at Justinianus Moot Court Simulations, we are welcoming you from SCOTUS. During the simulation, SCOTUS will solve the landmark case Hustler v. Falwell semi-fictionally. Jerry Falwell, a nationally known religious and political leader of the Moral Majority sued Hustler Magazine, alleging he has suffered emotional distress from the mock advertisement published by Hustler Magazine. While clearly satirical, magazine suggested he had his first sexual encounter with his mother in an outhouse. In this case, esteemed participants will be expected to consider whether an award of damages for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (IIED) to the victim of a parody while he is a public figure is consistent with the First Amendment freedom of the press or not. Due to the importance of the free speech nowadays, we invite you all to solve this complicated yet magnificently important case by being a part of SCOTUS.

Court information

  • Case

    Hustler v. Falwell

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