Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union
United States Supreme Court
542 U.S. 656 (2004)
Congress enacted the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) to protect minors from exposure to sexually explicit materials on the internet. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (plaintiff) brought suit in federal district court against Ashcroft (defendant), Attorney General of the United States, seeking to enjoin enforcement of COPA on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment. The district court held that COPA was unconstitutional and the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kennedy, J.)
Dissent (Scalia, J.)
Dissent (Breyer, J.)