MI: Sixth Circuit Considers Internet Restrictions on Former Sex Offenders This Week

The Center for Democracy & Technology has filed an amicus brief in the Sixth Circuit case Doe v. Snyder, a case challenging unconstitutional registration requirements imposed on former sex offenders and brought by the ACLU of Michigan. CDT is joined on the brief by the First Amendment Lawyers Association and Professor David G. Post, an expert in Internet law. The court is holding oral arguments Wednesday, January 27. Full Article

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Excellent article.

In the Middle Ages, one of the popes issued full forgiveness in advance for sins people had not committed yet.
But in Missouri they go beyond that concept, and punish people for crimes they have, in most cases, never even considered committing.
I prefer the old school approach: you only get punished for crimes you have actually committed—–not for crimes you never committed, but which other people think you MIGHT someday in the indefinite future, commit.

I just finished listening to oral arguments from the Sixth Circuit on a Snyder v. Doe case, and am a little confused. The arguments dealt with exclusion zones and distances, due to vagueness and ex post facto prohibitions. It also touched on the idea that the registry was problematic, though that was a side issue. Good listening and I recommend it. It was interesting to hear the attorney for Doe indicate the previous Supreme Court rulings on registration were more narrowly based than how the opinion is being applied nation wide. She indicated the Supreme Court was asking for cases.

However there was no discussion about internet restrictions or electronic identification or emails. Perhaps there is a separate case that is dealing with those issues.

Still, the oral arguments are worth listening to. The justices seemed sympathetic to the Registrants and my bet is they will affirm the District Court ruling.