Cyberbrief filed on CD-ROM

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Philadelphia law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis on Thursday lodged what it claims as the first "cyberbrief" in the U.S. Supreme Court, submitting a legal document on CD-ROM. Schnader Harrison filed the brief on behalf of 25 individuals and organizations in support of the American Civil Liberties Union's position challenging the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union.

The brief argues that the CDA is overly broad in violation of the First Amendment because it criminalizes all manner of protected speech, ranging from discussions of safe sex to popular art. Readers can move from citations to documents in the appendix, with hyperlinks directly to Web sites. The illustrations include material that may be criminalized under the CDA.

"We wanted the Court to be able to review the matter in cyberspace to fully appreciate the medium Congress is attempting to regulate," said Carl A. Solano, a First Amendment attorney and one of the authors of the brief. The brief is available to the public at the firm's Web site.

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