What does this mean? "She appealed her conviction on the basis of freedom of expression."i am studying the case mapp v. ohio, and it said this about the case. i dont really understand what...

What does this mean? "She appealed her conviction on the basis of freedom of expression."

i am studying the case mapp v. ohio, and it said this about the case. i dont really understand what it means. can anybody put this in simplier words so that i can understand?

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According to the First Amendment, we all have freedom to express ourselves through speech, the press, etc.  Mapp was appealing her conviction on that basis.  You have to remember what she was convicted of -- it was for possessing pornography.  So when she first appealed, she was appealing the law that banned the pornography, saying that it violated First Amendment protections of the freedom.

Please note that this has nothing to do with why the case is important.  Her lawyers sued on 1st Amendment grounds, but the case is famous because of what it said about the 4th Amendment -- it ended up being decided based on the idea of illegal searches and seizures, not on what is or is not covered by freedom of expression.

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