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United States v. Williams

Docket No.: 06-694
Certiorari Granted: Mar 26 2007
Argued: October 30, 2007
Decided: May 19, 2008


Amendment 1: Speech, Press, and Assembly

PartyNames: United States v. Michael Williams
Petitioner: United States
Respondent: Michael Williams

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

United States
Michael Williams
553 U.S. 285 (2008)
Question Presented:

Section 2252A(a)(3)(B) of Title 18 (Supp. IV 2004) prohibits "knowingly * * * advertis[ing], promot[ing], present[ing], distribut[ing], or solicit[ing] * * * any material or purported material in a manner that reflects the belief, or that is intended to cause another to believe, that the material or purported material" is illegal child pornography. The question presented is whether Section 2252A(a)(3)(B) is overly broad and impermissibly vague, and thus facially unconstitutional.


Does the PROTECT Act abridge First Amendment freedom of speech by outlawing the pandering of material that is believed to be, or claimed to be, illegal child pornography?

Holding: judgment reversed
Decision: Decision: 7 votes for United States, 2 vote(s) against
Vote: 7-2
Opinion By:
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