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Victory in Philadelphia!

On Wednesday June 12, 1996 at 9:00 am, a panel of three federal judges in Philadelphia, PA granted the Citizens Internet Empowerment Coalition's (CIEC) request for a preliminary injunction against the Communications Decency Act (CDA). In a unanimous decision, the judges ruled that the CDA would unconstitutionally restrict speech on the Internet.



Related Developments

Court Orders Feds To Cease "Reviewing" Internet Complaints Pending Decision in CDA Case
May 16, 1996

In response to a complaint filed last week by the CIEC, a Federal Judge in Philadelphia Wednesday ordered the Justice Department to stop all "reviews" of complaints under the Communications Decency Act until the three-judge panel rules on the constitutionality of the law. The order was issued by Judge Stewart Dalzell, one of the three judges presiding over the case.


Second Federal Court Blocks CDA
July 30, 1996

On Monday July 29, a panel of three federal judges in New York issued a ruling finding the CDA unconstitutional. In Shea v. Reno, the Manhattan court ruled unanimously that the CDA bans constitutionally protected speech.


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