"In the latest in a string of decisions questioning the ability
of states to enforce their own Internet laws, a state judge
recently declared that Washington's much publicized junk e-mail
statute violates the Constitution because it unduly interferes with
the free flow of information in borderless cyberspace."
"The decision by Judge Palmer Robinson of King County Superior
Court in Seattle dismissed a lawsuit by the state attorney general
against an out-of-state sender of unsolicited commercial e-mail,
known as spam. It signals at least the fourth time in three years
that a federal or state judge has concluded that a state's attempt
to regulate Internet activities within its own borders ran afoul of
the Constitution's commerce clause."
"The trend has been noted by some lawyers and academics, who
believe that the commerce clause argument, if unchecked, could be
used to prevent state regulation of the Internet."
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