Supreme Court takes up challenge to law banning promotion of child pornography

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Bush administration is urging the Supreme Court to reject First Amendment claims and uphold a law against the promotion of child pornography.

The law sets a five-year mandatory prison term for promoting child porn. Opponents say some of the wording limits legitimate creative expression.

But Solicitor General Paul Clement, the administration's top Supreme Court lawyer, told justices that the law aimed at eliminating the child porn market is not meant to cover movies like "Lolita," "Traffic," "American Beauty" and "Titanic."

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the provision because it makes a crime out of merely talking about illegal images or possessing innocent materials that someone else might believe is pornography.

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