WI Appeals Court Affirms No Constitutional Right to View Porn in the Library

Today, the Third District Court of Appeals affirmed that library patrons do not have a constitutional right to view pornography on library computers.

The defendant was cited for disorderly conduct in 2014 after a couple of students reported he was watching pornography on a UW Eau Claire library computer.

From Channel 3000:

Reidinger argued he has a First Amendment right to view legal adult pornographic material at a public library. He also alleged UW System administrators, campus police and Eau Claire County prosecutors conspired to harass him.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals rejected his arguments Tuesday, ruling that the evidence showed Reidinger’s conduct tended to provoke a disturbance. The court opted not to address his harassment allegations, calling them unsupported and undeveloped.

The full opinion is available on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Case Access system (WSCCA).

Thanks to my colleague, Mary Jo Koranda, for alerting me to the story.