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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union
Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union

Decided June 26, 1997

521 U.S. 844

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/521/844.html

Decision

Communications on the expanding medium of the Internet deserve a high level of First Amendment protection from government regulation. A federal law that makes it a crime to knowingly transmit obscene or indecent material to anyone under age eighteen or to display patently offensive material to minors violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

Background

From the Internet's modest beginnings in 1969 as a way for U.S. defense contractors and government officials to communicate with each other, this medium exploded into widespread popular use in the 1990s. With a computer, a modem, and a telephone line or, increasingly, with broadband access, anyone could send messages or create documents that could ...

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