A federal law intended to restrict children's access to internet pornography died quietly Jan. 21 at the U.S. Supreme Court, more than 10 years after Congress overwhelmingly approved it.

The Child Online Protection Act (COPA) would have barred web sites from making harmful content available to minors over the internet. The law had been embroiled in challenges to its constitutionality since it passed in 1998 and never took effect.

Also on Jan. 21, the court ruled unanimously in favor of a Massachusetts schoolgirl and her parents in their effort to sue a local school district under both a 1972 law against sex


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