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Senate passes Protect Act on child pornography

[JURIST] By a vote of 84-0 Monday the Senate passed the Protect Act [text], a child pornography bill designed to help authorities track down pedophiles on the Internet while avoiding free-speech concerns that prompted the US Supreme Court to strike down a similar law last April in Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition [decision syllabus]. Read the Senate Judiciary Committee report on the legislation, and review a statement by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Senator Patrick Leahy, who supported its passage. The bill now awaits action by the House.

UPDATE: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch has issued a press release and a copy of his floor statement on the bill.

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