A coalition of booksellers and internet content providers filed a federal lawsuit on July 13, challenging an expansion of Massachusetts' obscenity law to include electronic communications that might be harmful to minors, reports the Associated Press. Supporters say the new law, which went into effect July 13, closes a loophole that led the state's highest court to overturn the conviction of a Beverly man accused of sending sexually explicit instant messages to someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl. The Supreme Judicial Court, ruling in a case in February, found that the state's obscenity law didn't apply to instant messages....

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