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CofCC wins Library Lawsuit.


See our original press release concerning the CofCC Federal Freedom of Speech lawsuit against St. Louis area libraries.

See the American Library Association press release.

Prior to March 2006, access to the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) website was blocked from the public internet terminals in the University City Public Library, the Maplewood City Library and the Valley Park Community Library, plus about seven other libraries in the St. Louis, Missouri area. The Libraries utilized commercially available software filters to censor select internet content. Several political websites were being blocked by the filter, including CofCC.org.

During March 2006, First Amendment Attorney Robert Herman filed suit in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf of the CofCC and against the University City Public Library, the Maplewood City Library and the Valley Park Community Library. The other libraries, after being contacted, had dropped the block. Following preliminary Court proceedings, the three libraries sued entered into a consent judgment with the CofCC, agreeing to remove the block against our website and allowing unlimited access to the CofCC from the Libraries’ public access internet terminals. The Libraries also agreed to pay $15,000 in costs, attorney fees and damages.

Following the initiation of our lawsuit, the American Library Association notified thousands of libraries around the country. It appears that the vast majority of libraries who were blocking our website have already removed the block on their own.