Court declares public library filters unconstitutional: Loudoun County,Va., libraries’ attempt to restrict public internet access with filtering software is unconstitutional, federal judge says

In a case with broad implications for internet access in schools, a federal judge has rejected efforts by a Virginia county to block pornography on computers in its public libraries, declaring the attempts unconstitutional. The ruling marks the first time a federal court has applied First Amendment principles to internet access at a public institution.

In a 46-page decision, District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled Nov. 23 that Loudoun County's libraries violated

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