Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union
Significance, America's First Female Attorney General, Further Readings
Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General
American Civil Liberties Union
A federal district court erred in finding two provisions of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Seth P. Waxman
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Bruce J. Ennis
Justices for the Court
Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens (writing for the Court), David H. Souter, Clarence Thomas
Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist
Date of Decision
26 June 1997
The provisions of the Communications Decency Act prohibiting indecent transmissions and patently offensive displays are unconstitutional because they abridge the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.
- Ginsberg v. New York, 390 U.S. 629 (1968).
- Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973).
- FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, 438 U.S. 726 (1978).
- Renton v. Playtime Theatres, 475 U.S. 41 (1986).
- Sable Communications of California Inc. v. FCC, 492 U.S. 115 (1989).
Webster's Dictionary of American Women. New York: Merriam-Webster, 1996.
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