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in a 6-3 ruling, the court overturned a Pennsylvania district court ruling that the Children’s Internet Protection Act was unconstitutional. United States v. American Library Ass’n, No. 02-361. The act forbids public libraries from receiving federal assistance for Internet access unless they install software to block pornographic images. The district court argued that the act forces libraries to violate the First Amendment. According to the justices, since public libraries have traditionally excluded pornographic material from their collections, Congress could reasonably impose a similar limitation on its Internet assistance programs. Rehnquist’s opinion was joined O’Connor, Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy and Breyer. Stevens, Souter and Ginsburg dissented.

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