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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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  1. pgm111

    Excellent article.

  2. Avig

    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.

    • Q

      This is plain old insanity. There is not a problem, yet some quack somewhere made enough noise to get this solution looking for a problem this far. And it’s really disturbing that with no problem staring them in the face people are taking this seriously! This trend of illogical thinking and blatant dis regard for the constitution and bill of tights needs to somehow be reversed.

      • Timmr

        Plain insanity or a part of human nature? Why else would whole nations follow some crazy leader.
        I noticed a lot of ants crawling into my bath tub spout. They get drowned every time we turn on the water, but keep coming back. They have access to other safer water, but keep following this chemical trail put down by others to their deaths.
        Biologists call humans the most super of super organisms. Like ants, we often follow some trail laid down by some other (Facebook, for example?) and can’t think for ourselves sometimes with devastating results,but don’t realize it. I know there is a religiosity that teaches that humans are descended from angels, or that there is some concept of the individual that can exist outside the group, and that those who do unreasonable things are laced with some sort of original sin or at least a flaw in their thinking. Former offenders who committed sex crimes get that diagnosis all the time. Maybe that is just how we are wired and we need to understand it better.
        Sorry, people are animals, but think they are better than all the rest.

        • Q

          Hi Timmr
          I would liken these people more to lemmings. They keep pushing for laws, act’s and ordinances that they know are going to be challenged and many times eventually overturned at great expense to the citizens. I don’t think it’s part of human nature; that is unless you can call sloth, apathy and plain ol laziness human nature. These people are too self absorbed to look to see if what they are being told is in fact true. I think the American people have been conditioned to be this way.

        • Timmr

          I would be OK with them acting like real lemmings and throwing themselves in an orgy of fear over the cliff.

    • David Kennerly

      As my friend, Mike St. Martin, a Detainee in California’s own gulag at Coalinga, says: “I’m being held for crimes I might commit in the future by people who are committing crimes in the present.”

  3. MatthewLL

    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.

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