Free Speech Coalition v. AG — civil — vacatur — Smith
A divided Third Circuit panel today ruled in favor of pornography-industry plaintiffs challenging federal laws requiring them to maintain and allow inspection of certain records. The majority ruled that the statutes and regulations were content based and thus subject to scrutiny under the First Amendment. It further held that the inspection provisions facially violated the Fourth Amendment. Dissenting on the First Amendment issue, Judge Rendell argued strict scrutiny should not apply. This case was before the court for the third time; I discussed the previous round here.
Joining Smith was Scirica, with Rendell dissenting. Arguing counsel were J. Michael Murray for the plaintiffs and Anne Murphy for the government.