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 study is the use of vagueness and how it has affected each case individually. In one of the cases it also uses the Chilling Effect that was established in Reno v. ACLU as well. A chilling effect is a law that censors people from saying what they want to say because they are afraid of the consequences and is a violation of free speech. These cases are interesting and all unique from one another. All of the cases have taken place within the last 15 years and show that the precedent of Reno v. ACLU will continue to be used in the future.

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Works cited:
City of Lakewood v. Willis 186 Wn.2d 210; 375 P.3d 1056; 2016 Wash. LEXIS 833.
State v. Immelt 173 Wn.2d 1; 267 P.3d 305; 2011 Wash. LEXIS 825.
Voters Education Committee v. The Public Disclosure Commission 161 Wn.2d 470; 166 P.3d 1174; 2007 Wash. LEXIS 701.
State v. Strong 167 Wn. App. 206; 272 P.3d 281; 2012 Wash. App. LEXIS 575.

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