ACLU v. Reno overview and updates
Make a Difference
Your support helps the ACLU defend privacy rights and a broad range of civil liberties.
ACLU v. Reno Case Materials
- Plaintiff's Proposed Findings of Fact (687 K)
- ACLU v. Reno Post-Trial Brief
- ACLU v. Reno: A Chronology
- Teens Affected by Online Censorship Speak Out
- ACLU v. Reno Plaintiffs and Affidavits
- Temporary Restraining Order
- Stipulation of Non-enforcement between Plaintiffs and Dept. of Justice
- ACLU v. Reno Plaintiff's Brief Seeking a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction
- ACLU v. Reno Complaint
- 06/28/1996 -- Government to Appeal ACLU v. Reno Decision Protecting Free Speech in Cyberspace; ACLU Encouraged by Supreme Court Ruling on Cable
- 06/11/1996 -- Decision Scheduled for Release June 12, 1996: ACLU Press Conference Set for 11 AM
- 05/10/1996 -- At Closing Arguments, ACLU Calls on Court to Protect Free Speech in Cyberspace
- 05/08/1996 -- Closing Arguments Heard Friday, May 10
- 05/01/1996 -- ACLU Honored for "Excellence in Internet Promotion" at Internet World Conference
- 04/15/1996 -- Government Witness: "Censor First, Ask Questions Later;" Plaintiffs Waive Rebuttal of Government Testimony; Oral Arguments Moved Up to Friday, May 10th
- 04/12/1996 -- 1st Government Witness Acknowledges Difficulty in Finding Sexually Explicit Material Online; 2nd Government Witness Returns Monday to Conclude Testimony; Plaintiffs Have Option to Rebut Government Case Monday
- 04/04/1996 -- Government Calls Two Witnesses; MIT Expert Will Testify for Plaintiffs on PICS Standards
- 04/01/1996 -- Barry Steinhardt asks: "Is Cyberspace Free?"
- 03/29/1996 -- ACLU to Take the Stand in Third Day of Testimony
- 03/22/1996 -- First Two Days of Trial in Battle for Free Speech in Cyberspace
- 03/20/1996 -- Background Briefing: Three-Judge Panel to Hear ACLU Testimony in Landmark Challenge to Internet Censorship Law
ACLU v. Reno Trial Testimony and Transcripts: Gavel to Gavel Coverage
Thursday, March 21, 1996
Ann W. Duvall, President, SurfWatch Inc. William Stayton, psychologist and Baptist minister Patricia Nell Warren, author and publisher, WildCat Press and YouthArts online magazine Kiyoshi Kuromiya, director, Critical Path AIDS Project Complete Transcript of 3/21 Proceedings (277 K) 3/21 Highlights: After direct questioning by government lawyers, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, director of the Critical Path AIDS Project and creator of its website, explained to Judge Dalzell that he didn't plan to make any changes to the website even if the CDA were upheld, because he believes the safer-sex information he provides anonymously through his website is helping to save lives. more...
Friday, March 22, 1996
Professor Donna Hoffman, associate professor of management, Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University Robert B. Croneberger, director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Scott O. Bradner, senior technical consultant, Information Technology Services, Harvard University Complete Transcript of 3/22 Proceedings (212 K) 3/22 Highlights: During redirect, Judge Stewart Dalzell questioned Donna Hoffman, an expert witness on marketing in cyberspace, regarding the impact the CDA would have on commercial growth of the Internet. more... Bill Burrington, assistant general counsel and director of public policy, America Online Stephen Donaldson, executive director, Stop Prisoner Rape. Andrew Anker, president and CEO, HotWired Howard Rheingold, author and expert on cyberspace communities Barry Steinhardt, associate director of the ACLU Complete Transcript of 4/1 Proceedings (222 K) 4/1 Highlights: ACLU associate director Barry Steinhardt tells the court that the prohibitive costs of complying with the CDA may force the ACLU to shut down its website altogether. more... Special Agent Howard Schmidt, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (for the government) Dr. Albert Vezza, associate director, MIT Labratory for Computer Science Dr. Dan Olsen, Jr., Professor of Computer Science, Brigham Young University Complete Transcript of 4/12 Proceedings (300 K) 4/12 Highlights: Special Agent Howard Schmidt, testifying for the government, told the court how he would enforce the censorship law when confronted with a safe-sex information website that displayed an image illustrating how to put a condom on an erect penis. more... Dr. Dan Olsen, Jr., Professor of Computer Science, Brigham Young University Complete Transcript of 4/15 Proceedings (140 K) 4/15 Highlights: Appearing in court again for re-direct, government witness Dan Olsen told the judges that the best way to comply with the censorship law would be to block all possibly indecent words and images, until "questionable" material could be reviewed and labeled for adult distribution. more...