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United States v. Williams (docket #: 06-694) (2008)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link United States v. Williams  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 10/30/2007
Decided 05/19/2008
Supreme Court Vote 7-2
Supreme Court Ruling Reversed. First Amendment claim denied.
 
IssueThe PROTECT ACT 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." Whether that section of the Act is overly broad and impermissibly vague, and thus facially unconstitutional.
Majority Opinion Scalia, J.
Concurring Opinion Stevens, J. (joined by Breyer, J.)
Dissenting Opinion Souter, J. (joined by Ginsburg, J.)
Certiorari Granted 03/26/2007
Lower Court 11th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim susitained
Oral Arguments transcript
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Paul Clement (U.S. Solicitor General)

For Respondent
Richard Diaz

For Amicus
Gene C. Schaerr (Lighted Candle Society and Family Leader Foundation)

Jay Alan Sekulow (American Center for Law and Justice)

Michael Bamberger (American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression)

Briefs
For Petitioner
Certirorari Petition

Merits Brief (SCOTUSblog)

Reply Brief

Reply Brief (SCOTUSblog)

For Respondent
Merits Brief (SCOTUSblog)

For Amicus
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (SCOTUSblog)

American Center for Law and Justice and 18 Members of Congress (SCOTUSblog)

Lighted Candle Society and Family Leader Foundation (SCOTUSblog)

SCOTUSblog (collection of compelete set of briefs)

Tony Mauro Analysis
"Williams may be term's most far-reaching speech ruling"

"Court may have found child-porn law it can support"

Opinion - Lower Court
United States v. Williams (11th Cir., 2006)

News
AP, "High court agrees to review child-porn law" (3/26/07)

AP, "High court upholds part of child-porn law" (5/19/2008)

Linda Greenhouse, "Justices Hear Arguments on Internet Pornography Law," NYT, 10-30-07

Lyle Denniston, "Commentary: An anti-porn law that will survive?" (SCOTUSblog, 10-30-07)

Federal Statute
PROTECT ACT of 2003

Other
Kevin Russell, "More on United States v. Williams" (SCOTUSblog) (5/19/2008)

Commentary
Orrin Kerr (Volokh Conspiracy)

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