CPPA Overturned! In a…

CPPA Overturned!

In a 6-1-2 decision (O'Connor partially dissenting, Rehnquist and Scalia dissenting), the Supreme Court has held that the so-called Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996, 18 U.S.C.  2556, is overbroad and unconstitutional. This law was supposed to prevent child pornography by banning material that even arguably appeared might concern persons under 18 engaging in anything related to sexuality. (As the Court makes clear, that is not an exaggeration of the law's attempted reach.)

The Court's official syllabus (summary of the opinion) is available at Cornell's Legal Information Institute.

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