Law Review: The Constitutional Status of Moral Legislation

The Constitutional Status of Moral Legislation
John Lawrence Hill, 98 Ky. L.J. 1 (2010)

“This Article argues that, in seeking to protect the private activities of gays and lesbians, liberals from Hart on have thought it necessary to throw the baby out with the bathwater by maintaining that the state may never regulate on the basis of ‘private morals.’ The better conclusion is that society has now reached a general consensus that it is wrong to single out one type of sexual activity and mark for punishment the class of people who engage in it. This, indeed, is the meaning of Lawrence v. Texas, and not the more expansive claim that Lawrence declares the end of morals legislation.”

Law Review: Seeing It, Knowing It (Obscenity)

Seeing It, Knowing It
Elizabeth M. Glazer, 104 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 217 (2009)

“However, the ‘more modest claim’ that McDonald purports to make is, in fact, the claim made in my essay, namely, to ‘refin[e]—but not overturn—the obscenity test set forth in Miller‘ so that it distinguishes between sex and sexual orientation.”

‘Sexting’ Case to Take Center Stage at 3rd Circuit

“The case is the first in the country to challenge the constitutionality of bringing child pornography charges in the context of sexting.”

Pornography and the Male Brain: What’s Really Going On?

Rev. Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has posted this broadcast with Dr. William M. Struthers, a Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College and author of the book: Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain. The program summary . . .

Law Review: When Children Become Child Pornographers and the Lolita Effect Undermines the Law

Sex, Cell Phones, Privacy, and the First Amendment: When Children Become Child Pornographers and the Lolita Effect Undermines the Law
Clay Calvert, 18 CommLaw Conspectus 1 (2009)

“It is a sure-fire recipe for legal trouble: combine hormone-raging teens with image-transmitting technologies, and then stir them together in a sex-saturated society replete with outdated laws and a criminal justice system that never could have anticipated such a combustible confluence of forces. Signs and symptoms of this salacious problem are cropping up across the United States.”

MIM paper shows that online exposure to adult pornography adversely affects children’s sexual behavior and attitudes

Morality in Media has published a 10-page paper reporting evidence that exposure to hardcore adult pornography on the Internet can adversely affect children’s sexual behavior and attitudes about sex . . .

Colo. officials unveil Internet safety program

Findlaw (AP): “Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has joined Democratic Rep. Nancy Todd, the Entertainment Software Association and Web Wise Kids to unveil an Internet safety program to help parents keep their children safe online . . . ”

Visit: Web Wise Kids

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3rd Circuit vacates lifetime internet ban for transportation of child pornography

U.S. v. Heckman, No. 08-3844 (3rd Cir. Jan. 11, 2009)

3rd Circuit vacates as too restrictive lifetime internet ban for transportation of child pornography.

Mulieris Dignitatem: Pornography and the Dignity of the Soul

Mary Leary (2009). Ave Maria Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2010; CUA Columbus School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-15. Available at SSRN:

“Modern day pornography has increased in both its quantity and severity of content. Mulieris Dignitatem offers a pathway out of this reality with its focus on the concept of dignity. The article reviews John Paul II’s emphasis on the dignity of woman and applies it to the modern day issue of pornography.”

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Law Review: Should Texas’s Former Ban on Obscene Device Promotion Pass Constitutional Muster Under a Murky Lawrence?

Laura M. Clark, 41 St. Mary’s L.J. 177 (2009)

“Part IV will analyze relevant U.S. Supreme Court holdings and Texas cases, apply Lawrence to the Texas and Alabama statutes, and examine whether the Texas statute might be changed to pass constitutional muster.”

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