July 31, 2001
A federal court in Philadelphia, on July 26 declined to dismiss a constitutional challenge to the Children's Internet Protection Act (CHIPA), saying the complaint contained "enough factual allegations to withstand dismissal." The American Library Association and the ACLU filed the suit in March, arguing that CHIPA violates the First Amendment. CHIPA requires public schools and libraries to install filtering systems on Internet computers to block objectionable Web sites. The case now is set for trial Feb. 14 before a three-judge panel.