Rob Portman

Supreme Court won't block subpoena over sex ads

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to block a congressional subpoena seeking information on how classified ads portal screens ads for possible sex trafficking.

The high court's action means the website will have to turn over documents that a Senate panel has been pursuing for more than a year.

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer had argued that the company's process for reviewing ads on its adult section is a "core editorial function" protected under the First Amendment. Lawmakers said the documents would help determine what if any business practices and policies the company has to prevent criminal activity.

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on...