After Virginia’s Losses In Court, a Flurry Of Finger-Pointing

The Virginia Supreme Court’s rejection of an anti-spam law is the state’s latest high-profile legal defeat, a string of losses that some lawyers see as coincidental but others say reflects the General Assembly’s willingness to pass aggressive measures that are more likely to face a constitutional challenge.The court last week ruled that the law cracking down on people who send masses of unwanted e-mail, one of the nation’s first, violated the First Amendment right to free speech. That followed decisions in recent months that imperiled Virginia’s landmark transportation plan and declared the state’s abortion law unconstitutional.

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