Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning librarians from providing 'harmful' materials to minors

July 31, 2023

Judge Timothy L. Brooks for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas made the decision to put a preliminary injunction in place against an Arkansas law that created criminal penalties for librarians that provided "harmful" materials to minors.

The law, which was signed into law bylGovernor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, sought to prevent liberal activists from spreading sexually explicit materials to minors.

Judge Brooks' decision was cheered on by the ACLU which represented the plaintiffs seeking to overturn the law.

Holly Dickson, the executive director of the ACLU in Arkansas, celebrated the decision saying, "The question we had to ask was – do Arkansans still legally have access to reading materials? Luckily, the judicial system has once again defended our highly valued liberties."

On the other side, Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin has promised that he will be "reviewing the judge's opinion and will continue to vigorously defend the law."

It is a sad state of affairs when federal judges are striking down laws meant to protect children from sexually explicit materials.

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