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Apr 17 2010

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U.S. Appeals Court Backs Ohio’s Anti-Porn Law

Friday,  April 16, 2010 2:50 AM

say no to porn_thumb[9]CINCINNATI (AP) – A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that an Ohio law aimed at protecting children from online pornography and predators is constitutional.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found that the law does not violate the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech or the Constitution’s commerce clause, which was intended to allow the free flow of goods between the states.

Their ruling followed a January decision by the Ohio Supreme Court that sided with a narrow interpretation of the law criminalizing the sending of harmful material to juveniles. The state Supreme Court said the law is intended to apply to personally directed communications and not to Web sites and public chat rooms, which are generally accessible.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray praised the new ruling, which he said upheld the state’s position that the law is constitutional and allows the law to “finally be enforced.”

A coalition of publishers, retailers and Web site operators that originally challenged the law before the state amended it, and before the state Supreme Court’s ruling, also welcomed the new decision.

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