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SCOTUS: Court may strike law barring sex offenders from social media

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to strike down a North Carolina law that prohibits sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites.

At least five justices suggested during argument that they would rule for North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. He was convicted of violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off internet sites children might use. Packingham used Facebook to boast about beating a traffic ticket.

The state’s lawyer said the law deals with the virtual world in the same way that states keep sex offenders out of playgrounds and other places children visit. But several justices said the law was so broad that it could violate free-speech rights, even of people convicted of sex crimes. Full Article

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  1. American Detained in America

    Just a thought, if they are still avoiding revisiting the whole argument about whether or not registration is punishment, can they really make any other decision besides allowing us on social media?

    • Tired Of Hiding

      Remember that reality and fairness have nothing to do with the legal system or American values for that matter.

      So sure they can easily tell us all to F off and as that is the usual result. It is insane not to expect the same results when we have seen the same set of circumstances over and over and over…

  2. Bruce Ferrell

    Unfortunately, none of this prohibits companies from establishing “terms of service” that ban registered citizens… The state can’t ban access, but a “private” actor can.

    Not good

  3. t

    Sttt and wrong yes it doesn’t address private companies however the argument could still be made against a private company where is the basis for it plus a business cannot discriminate unless they have proof that you were being disruptive and they would not be able to provide any proof that Bending see offender would be disturbing are harming their business by preying on minors not to mention the argument to be made that the private companies are not higher than states that if the states can’t do it neither can a private company do it

    • ,Timmr

      Right, imagine ATT, Verizon, Sprint banning one from using the phone, because of being a registrant.

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