Should a family newspaper knowingly print something it feels is in bad taste or obscene? What if it is ordered to, by a court?
That is the situation facing two papers in Massachusetts. Hampden County wants to try a book-video dealer for selling materials it considers obscene. According to the state law, it first must list the titles of the material in newspaper legal notices so that members of the public have a chance to challenge the classification. But the newspapers think some of the 355 titles are too racy to print. So they won't. So Hampden County may not be able to prosecute.