Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama, 1980
The Alabama Circuit Court struck down a Mobile County tax on magazines that depicted nudity.
In the summer of 1979, Media Coalition brought a lawsuit on behalf of Bay News Company, challenging Alabama House Bill 993. The law, signed on July 18, 1979, imposed a 50-cent tax on magazines sold in Mobile County, Alabama that depicted nudity.
On September 21, 1979, the Alabama Circuit Court issued a preliminary injunction against the tax.
On March 25, 1980, Alabama Circuit Judge Ferrill McRae struck down  Alabama’s tax on certain magazines as unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and the Alabama Constitution.
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