Law: Dial-A-porn, Find-a-Lawyer

The court defends free speech but reins in criminal defendants

Entering the homestretch of its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court quickened its pace last week by issuing 23 decisions. In addition to its landmark judgment protecting flag burning as a form of free expression, the high bench announced a series of other important rulings in the areas of free speech and criminal law. Following past patterns, the Justices remained vigilant on First Amendment rights but continued to chip away at the constitutional safeguards of criminal defendants.

In an obscenity ruling that upset anti-pornography activists, the court unanimously struck down a major portion of Congress's 1988 dial-a-porn law. The statute, which...

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