Supreme Court Arguments on Child P*RN Law

The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in U.S. v. Williams, a case challenging the constitutionality of the pandering provision of the PROTECT Act.

The American Constitution Society has a good explanation of the issues in the case.

At issue is the “pandering” provision in the 2003 Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today Act (“PROTECT Act”). The provision makes it illegal to solicit, distribute, present or offer “actual child pornography” — a sexually explicit visual representation of a real minor — or any visual representation of a minor engaging in obscene behavior.


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