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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:22 PM

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down sex offender social media ban

Source: Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday moved to buttress free speech rights in the digital age, striking down a North Carolina law banning convicted sex offenders from Facebook and other social media services that play a vital role in modern life.

The court, in an 8-0 ruling, handed a victory to Lester Packingham, a registered sex offender due to a statutory rape conviction who had challenged the law as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of free speech.

"This case is one of the first this court has taken to address the relationship between the First Amendment and the modern Internet. As a result, the court must exercise extreme caution before suggesting that the First Amendment provides scant protection for access to vast networks in that medium," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court.

The North Carolina law, enacted in 2008, made it a felony for people on the state's sex offender registry to use online services that can lead to social interactions with minors.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-socialmedia-idUSKBN19A1ZB



SUPREME COURT | Mon Jun 19, 2017 | 11:10am EDT
By Lawrence Hurley | WASHINGTON

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Reply U.S. Supreme Court strikes down sex offender social media ban (Original post)
Eugene Jun 19 OP
Dawson Leery Jun 19 #1
SpankMe Jun 19 #2
onenote Jun 19 #7
underpants Jun 19 #3
Blue_Adept Jun 19 #4
underpants Jun 19 #5
Jake Stern Jun 19 #6
Blue_Adept Jun 19 #9
Skittles Jun 19 #10
Jake Stern Jun 19 #11
Skittles Jun 19 #12
EllieBC Jun 19 #14
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 19 #8
Doug the Dem Jun 19 #13
J_William_Ryan Jun 20 #15

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:31 PM

1. kick

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:39 PM

2. 8-0. It didn't say who didn't vote.

Perhaps Gorsuch wasn't in on it because the case first entered the Supreme Court docket before he was on board?

In any case, 8-0 is rare and beautiful. I agree with the ruling. It seems almost any crime these days gets you banned from the Internet in some way. I'm glad to see this ruling since any offender can simply create fake accounts wherever they want and sneak access at Starbucks. Banning such offenders form the Internet does nothing to prevent them from using it to pursue their prurient or criminal interests.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:45 PM

3. Facebook and other social media services that play a vital role in modern life.

I'm on Facebook but I would call it vital.

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Response to underpants (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:50 PM

4. There are employers that won't hire if they can't check your social media existence

Granted, probably not the same places that a registered sex offender will look, but they're talking social media in general and noting certain places. Some businesses can only be contacted through facebook and other services that sell things similar. And depending on how the law is read you can see them isolating off other sites like ebay and craigslist as well and then you're really in the weeds for getting things done.

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Response to Blue_Adept (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:51 PM

5. Okay. Thanks. Didn't know that. N/t

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Response to Blue_Adept (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:03 PM

6. I have had prospective employers AND landlords

demand that I open up my Facebook for their inspection. Luckily Colorado got around to passing a law which prohibits that at least for workplaces.


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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:28 PM

9. Yeah, i'm certainly not in favor of them having the ability to do that

I actually had one landlord ask for that before so I just gave them my diary where I had written a slew of erotic stories and said that's about the equivelant of what I post online. So, have at it.

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 09:14 PM

10. what if you never joined that piece of shit borg?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:23 PM

11. Asked that once

They looked at me as though I asked them to prove God exists.

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #11)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:41 PM

12. I have an extensive online presence

it just does not include Facebook or Twitter

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Response to Skittles (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 11:29 PM

14. Back in the before time when it was MySpace, I asked my then employer

who was a fan of creeping the MySpace pages of potential employees what she would think if the candidate didn't have a MySpace. She said that candidate would go in the "nope" pile. I told her that was the most stupid thing I had ever heard.

I didn't stay there very long. That kind of creepiness and stupidity was too much to handle. And I had a MySpace lol.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:17 PM

8. Here's a link to the opinion:

Today at the Supreme Court: Live blog of orders and opinions - June 19, 2019

PACKINGHAM v. NORTH CAROLINA

KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which GINSBURG,
BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. ALITO, J., filed an opinion
concurring in the judgment, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and THOMAS, J.,
joined. GORSUCH, J., took no part in the consideration or decision of the
case.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:44 PM

13. Facebook Sucks

or Zucks, if you prefer. Either way, it's FAR from being vital. Same with Twitter. I remember us doing fine without EITHER.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 20, 2017, 05:15 AM

15. Facebook

may or may not be ‘vital,’ but that’s not for government to decide.

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