Long road to high court

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CNET's NEWS.COM has covered the circuitous path of the Communications Decency Act since its creation last year.

February 1, 1996
• Senate, House pass telecom bill with CDA
 
February 8, 1996
• Clinton signs telecom bill/ACLU files suit in Philadelphia
• The American Reporter files suit in Manhattan
 
February 9, 1996
• Justice Department grants temporary restraining order against CDA
 
February 26, 1996
• Cititzens Internet Empowerment Coalition files suit to represent industry concerns
 
March 6, 1996
• Senators draft bill to repeal abortion provision of CDA
 
March 14, 1996
• Rep. Anna Eshoo introduces amendment to modify CDA language
 
March 22, 1996
• Arguments open for ACLU vs. Reno
 
April 15, 1996
• Last testimony heard for ACLU vs. Reno
 
May 10, 1996
• Oral arguments conclude for ACLU vs. Reno
 
June 3, 1996
• Manhattan court hears final arguments for American Reporter vs. Reno
 
June 12, 1996
• Philadelphia court rejects CDA
 
July 1, 1996
• Justice Department files appeal of Philadelphia decision
 
July 29, 1996
• Manhattan court rules against CDA
 
August 15, 1996
• Justice Department files appeal of American Reporter decision
 
December 6, 1996
• Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal of Philadelphia decision
 
February 14, 1997
• Rep. Zoe Lofgren introduces bill to repeal CDA
 
March 19, 1997
• CDA argued in high court
 
March 26, 1997
• Judge throws out challenge to abortion provision in CDA
 
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