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The juxtaposition of the two Internet speech cases decided earlier this month is striking — and instructive. On the East Coast, in Philadelphia, a federal judge struck down Congress’ latest effort to protect children from online pornography, concluding that the legislation is overly broad and abridges First Amendment rights. On the West Coast, a federal court jury in Oregon decided that a Web site entitled the “Nuremberg Files” constituted a direct threat to the lives and safety of abortion providers whose names, addresses, and other identifying information were posted on the site. The jury awarded $107 million to the abortion providers and sent a message that there are limits, even on the Internet, to threatening speech.

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