Appeals from judgment of sentence of Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, Jan. T., 1972, Nos. 34, 36, and 39, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. John Krasner and Robert Pine.
Robert E. Levy, with him Anthony D. Miele, for appellants.
Timothy H. Knauer, Assistant District Attorney, with him Vincent Dadamo, Assistant District Attorney, and William H. Lamb, District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.
Watkins, P. J., Jacobs, Hoffman, Cercone, Price, Van der Voort, and Spaeth, JJ. Opinion by Watkins, P.j.
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This case involves appeals by the defendants of their convictions for selling obscene literature in violation of the Act of June 24, 1939, P.L. 872, § 524; 1957, July 17, P.L. 972, § 1; 1959, Oct. 20, P.L. 1329, § 1 (18 P.S. § 4524). On October 21, 1972, jury verdicts were returned against both defendants on the above charge.
The above section provides:
"(a) Whoever sells, lends, distributes, exhibits, gives away or shows to any person seventeen (17) years of age or older or offers to sell, lend, distribute, exhibit or give away or show, or has in his possession with intent to sell, lend, distribute or give away or to show to any person seventeen (17) years of age or older, or knowingly advertises in any manner any
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obscene literature, book, magazine, pamphlet, newspaper, storypaper, paper, comic book, writing, drawing, photograph, figure or image, or any written or printed matter of an obscene nature, or any article or instrument of an obscene nature, or whoever designs, copies, draws, photographs, prints, utters, publishes or in any manner manufactures or prepares any such book, picture, drawing, magazine, pamphlet, newspaper, storypaper, paper, comic book, writing, figure, image, matter, article or thing or whoever writes, prints, publishes [ILLEGIBLE WORDS] or causes to be printed, published or uttered, any advertisement or notice of any kind giving information, directly or indirectly, stating or purporting to state where, how, or whom, or by what means any obscene book, picture, writing, paper, comic book, figure, image, matter, article or thing named in this section can be purchased, obtained or had, or whoever hires, employs, uses or permits any minor or child to do or assist in doing any act or thing mentioned in this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment not exceeding two (2) years, or to pay a fine not exceeding two thousand ($2000) dollars, or both.
"'Obscene,' as used in this section, means that which, to the average person applying contemporary community standards, has as its dominant theme, taken as a whole, an appeal to prurient interest."
The sole issue in the case is whether 18 P.S. § 4524 is unconstitutional in light of the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, 93 S. Ct. 2607, 37 L. Ed. 2d 419 (1973), and in light of subsequent decisions of our courts.
In Miller, supra, the Supreme Court held that a state statute which sought to regulate obscenity required compliance with a three-pronged test. The test consisted of the ...