In the wake of a federal judge's decision to halt a federal law aimed at protecting children from online pornography, lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department were considering whether to appeal or ask for a full-blown trial.


U.S. District Judge Lowell A. Reed issued a preliminary injunction Feb. 1 to continue blocking enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) just six hours before the measure was to take effect.


The injunction shields web site operators from prosecution under the law. It also paves the way for a full trial this spring, unless the Justice Department decides to appeal Reed's decision.

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