Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Courts - "North Carolina judges say social networking ban illegal"
Gary D. Robertson of the Associated Press reports in a long story the NC Charlotte Observer:
RALEIGH The North Carolina law banning registered sex offenders from commercial social networking sites like Facebook that children can use is unconstitutional because it’s vague and violates free speech, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.ILB: Start here for background on the Indiana law.
A three-judge panel ruled unanimously in vacating the additional felony conviction of a registered offender in Durham County for accessing a site after authorities say he had created a profile page on Facebook. * * *
The case was the first before the appeals court to challenge the law’s constitutionality, [Judge] Elmore wrote. He arrived at his decision in part by reviewing federal cases in which somewhat similar laws in Nebraska and Indiana [sic.]. But Cooper said “the constitutional journey of these types of laws is early yet.”
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 21, 2013 10:06 AM
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