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In 1997, a 9-0 ruling from the Supreme Court in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union surprised some observers as it struck down provisions of the Communications Decency Act; the court ruled that the law violated the freedom of speech provisions of the First Amendment.
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Use a semicolon between closely related independent clauses that are not conjoined with a coordinating conjunction

Use a semicolon between closely related independent clauses that are not conjoined with a coordinating conjunction.

In this sentence, it is easiest to convey the two related ideas as separate and independent clauses.

  1. the semicolon separates the separate but related ideas, avoiding ambiguous, incorrect, or misleading modification
  2. the presence of which ... immediately following Act is illogical and distorts the meaning of the sentence to give the false impression that the Act ruled when in fact the Supreme Court ruled
  3. with a ruling that is wordy and is not a proper modifying phrase (Act, ruling that would be a proper modifying phrase)
  4. they illogically refers back to some observers and conveys the false impression that the observers made the ruling as opposed to the Supreme Court
  5. they illogically refers back to some observers and conveys the false impression that the observers made the ruling as opposed to the Supreme Court

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