Judge Blocks Va. Law on Internet Porn

freedom       2000-08-10 
A federal judge has barred Virginia from enforcing its law aimed at protecting children from "harmful" material on the Internet, the latest blow to a nationwide movement to restrict the access of minors to pornographic material online. In a 31-page opinion, U.S. District Judge James H. Michael Jr. said the law, which makes it a crime to use the Internet to sell, rent or lend sexually explicit pictures or written narratives to juveniles that could be harmful to them, violates the First Amendment rights of online users.