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John D. Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union
United States Supreme Court
542 U.S. 656 (2004)
Internet content providers and other free speech activists (plaintiffs) sought a preliminary injunction to prevent enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), a statute enacted to guard minors from sexually explicit material on the internet. The district court granted a preliminary injunction, holding that COPA would likely be found unconstitutional because the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in proving that the statute was not the least restrictive way to guard minors from speech defined as criminal by the statute. The government appealed the injunction. The court of appeals affirmed the district court’s decision to grant the injunction on the grounds that the statute’s “community standards” language was unconstitutionally overbroad. The Supreme Court granted certiorari, reversed the finding that the “community standards” language alone made the statute overbroad and remanded the case to the court of appeals. The court of appeals affirmed the district court’s grant of the preliminary injunction again on the grounds that COPA was not narrowly tailored to serve a compelling government interest, was overbroad, and was not the least restrictive way to protect minors from sexually explicit material online. The government appealed and the Supreme Court again granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kennedy, J.)
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