Reno: Congress tries again with COPA

by Trevor Forsell and Amanda Lacayo When the internet became available to the public in 1991, it became necessary to appeal to the compelling interest of protecting children from indecent or obscene material on the internet as well as maintaining the right to free speech. Congress’ first attempt to make the Internet safe for minors…

Reno: Chilling Effect and the PATRIOT Act

by Rachel Rogers Sept. 11, 2001 marked the beginning of a new era for the United States government. Shortly after the terrorist attacks in New York, a bill was passed to create preventative measures against similar activity. President George W. Bush passed the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools to Intercept and Obstruct…

Reno: The First Three Years

by Melia Deters and Skyler Noble This video provides some of the immediate aftermath following the decision in Reno v. ACLU (1996). The cases highlighted were decided three years after the decision was made. Reno v. ACLU was used to show how vague definitions of indecency and unfair regulation of immoral speech are unjust and…

Reno: The precedent in Washington State courts

This study examines and looks at how the Supreme Court case Reno v. ACLU is used as a precedent in the state of Washington. This study dives into and explains four different court cases that used the decision of Reno v. ACLU in its own decision-making process. One of the main themes mentioned in the…

Reno: The Constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act of 1996

In 1997 the Supreme Court on a 9-0 decision held that the Communications Decency Act (CDA) violated the First Amendment because its regulations amounted to a content-based blanket restriction of free speech. Content-based restriction is the restriction on the exercise of free speech based on the subject matter or type of speech. The legal question…