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Court strikes down two Oregon obscenity laws

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Court strikes down two Oregon obscenity laws

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday struck down two Oregon laws that criminalized providing minors with “sexually explicit” materials, calling the statutes overly broad and a violation of the First Amendment.

Although the 2007 legislation was intended to target “hardcore pornography” and prevent the sexual abuse of children, the court found it could be applied to a wide array of materials, “ranging from standard sexual education materials to novels for children and young adults by Judy Blume.”

The decision came as a result of a lawsuit filed by a coalition of publishers and booksellers that included Dark Horse Comics and Powell’s Books, and supported by organizations like the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

Lawyers with the Oregon Department of Justice are studying the opinion, and haven’t decide whether to appeal the ruling, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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