U.S. must release anti-prostitution memo

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Reuters news service reports that a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that U.S. officials must release a 2004 legal memorandum on the constitutionality of requiring U.S.-based HIV/AIDS groups to pledge their opposition to prostitution when they work overseas.

“The ruling follows a July 2011 decision by the court that struck down the ‘pledge requirement’ contained in the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003. The court said at the time that the pledge violated First Amendment free-speech rights,” Reuters reported.

Yesterday’s panel decision upheld a trial judge’s finding for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. The Brennan Center had sued under the Freedom of Information Act.

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