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Today’s Court News

The Supreme Court issued two opinions this morning. In Ashcroft v. ACLU, in an opinion by Justice Kennedy, the Court affirmed an injunction against the Child Online Protection Act, yet another attempt to shield children from internet porn. While the decision is certainly a setback for COPA, it is not fatal to the law. In the other case, Alvarez-Machain, it appears the Court rejected the Ninth Circuits’s holding that foreign nationals can sue multinational corporations in U.S. courts under the Alien Tort Claims Act. This case may sound terribly obscure, but it’s actually terribly important — and it appears the Supremes may have gotten it right. (On the COPA case, of course, I expect most Cornerites and I will disagree.)

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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