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Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union

Docket No.: 03-218
Certiorari Granted: Oct 14 2003
Argued: March 2, 2004
Decided: June 29, 2004

Topics:

Amendment 1: Speech, Press, and Assembly, First Amendment, Obscenity, Article I, Commerce Clause, Consumer Protection, First Amendment, Medicare, Necessary and Proper, Obscenity, abuse of discretion, patent, preliminary injunction, privacy

PartyNames: John D. Ashcroft, Attorney General v. American Civil Liberties Union, et al.
Petitioner: John D. Ashcroft, Attorney General
Respondent: American Civil Liberties Union, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Citation: CA 3, 322 F.3d 240. QUESTION PRESENTED: Whether the Child Online Protection Act violates the First Amendment to theUnited States Constitution.
Supreme Court Docket

John D. Ashcroft, Attorney General
v.
American Civil Liberties Union, et al.
542 U.S. 656 (2004)
Question Presented:

Whether the Child Online Protection Act violates the First Amendment to theUnited States Constitution. CERT. GRANTED: 10/14/03

Question:

Is the Child Online Protection Act's requirement that online publishers prevent children from accessing "material that is harmful to minors" likely to violate the First Amendment by restricting too much protected speech and using a method that is not the least restrictive one available?

Note:

. CA 3, 322 F.3d 240.

Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 2, 2004

Holding: is affirmed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 5 votes for American Civil Liberties Union, 4 vote(s) against
Vote: 5-4
Opinion By: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union
Case Documents

1Opinion in Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union
2Slip Opinion in Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union (Opinion by )
Additional documents for this case are pending review.