Ashcroft v Free Speech Coalition
JOHN D. ASHCROFT, ATTORNEY GENERAL, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. THE FREE
SPEECH COALITION ET AL.
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
535 U.S. 234; 122 S. Ct. 1389; 152 L. Ed. 2d 403; 2002 U.S. LEXIS 2789; 70 U.S.L.W. 4237;
30 Media L. Rep. 1673; 2002 Cal. Daily Op. Service 3211; 2002 Daily Journal DAR 4033; 15
Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 187
October 30, 2001, Argued
April 16, 2002, Decided
SUBSEQUENT H ISTORY:
Costs and fees proceeding at
Gonzales v. Free Speech
Coalition, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 9350 (9th Cir. Cal., May 23, 2005)
PRIOR H ISTORY:
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF
APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT.
Free Speech Coalition v. Reno, 198 F.3d 1083, 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 32704 (9th Cir. Cal.,
198 F.3d 1083
Respondents, an adult entertainment coalition and
others, sued petitioners, the United States Attorney General and others, alleging
that provisions of the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996 (CPPA),
U.S.C.S. § 2251 et seq.
, abridged free speech. Upon the grant of a writ of certiorari,
petitioners challenged the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the
Ninth Circuit which held that the provisions were unconstitutional.
Respondents contended that the CPPA's ban on sexually explicit
images that appeared to depict minors, but were not produced using minors,