Amicus Briefs in Critical Cases
The NCOSE Law Center was asked to write a key legal brief for the Georgia Supreme Court in a case where a child predator was claiming he had a constitutional right to find children online and talk to them about sex in an arousing and exploitive manner. This line of argument was accepted by a supreme court of a different state, so we knew we had to be involved in the Georgia case. In the end, our legal brief helped to convince the Georgia Supreme Court to rule against the child predator. Obscene Internet contact with a minor is not “free speech”—it is child abuse.
Additionally, the Law Center has submitted a critical legal brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case arises from California, where the state anti-prostitution law has been challenged as unconstitutional by the group Erotic Services Providers Legal Educational and Research Project (ESPLERP). This pro-sexual exploitation group’s legal challenge is based on the claim that all sexual activity, no matter what, is a protected right under the U.S. Constitution. This argument jeopardizes all existing laws against prostitution and obscenity, as well as laws like the one we defended in Georgia that prohibit sexual predators from stalking our children online. Other key allies in the fight against prostitution and sex trafficking joined our brief.
The importance of these efforts is hard to overstate. In both instances, NCOSE submitted the only briefs that represented the interests of human dignity. Without our contribution, the only voice the courts would have heard was of those seeking to further the reach of sexual exploitation.