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NATION : Court Drops Smut Panel Appeal

From Times Wire Services

A woman ousted from a Los Angeles County anti-smut commission after seeking a ban on allegedly obscene AIDS education materials in county public schools lost a Supreme Court appeal today.

The court, without comment, refused to revive Stephanie Kennedy’s lawsuit against the county and County Supervisor Deane Dana, who dismissed her from the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography in the summer of 1987.

Kennedy’s appeal said, among other things, that the dismissal violated her free-speech rights.

Kennedy, named to the 15-member commission by Dana in 1985, at a May, 1987, meeting introduced an “emergency resolution” calling on county officials to halt distribution in public schools of some educational materials on AIDS.

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