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Constitutional Law Keyed to Varat
Ashcroft v. The Free Speech Coalition
Citation:535 U.S. 234, 122 S.Ct. 1389, 152 L.Ed.2d 403 (2002).
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Congress passed the CPPA in 1996 which extended the federal prohibition against child pornography to sexually explicit images that appear to depict minors but were produced without using any real children. Violation of the CPPA carried severe penalties, including five to 30 years of jail time for repeat offenders. Plaintiff filed suit, arguing the CPPA was unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
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