The government went too far in trying to ban computer simulations and other fool-the-eye depictions of teen-agers or children having sex, the Supreme Court ruled April 16. Many opponents of the ruling claim it will put schoolchildren at greater risk from pedophiles.

Youthful sexuality is a venerable theme in art, from Shakespeare to Academy Award-winning movies, the court found in striking down key provisions of a 1996 child pornography law on free-speech grounds.

The law would call into question legitimate educational, scientific, or artistic depictions of youthful sex, Justice Anthony

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