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Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina law banning sex offenders from social media

The Verge Monday, 19 June 2017
Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina law banning sex offenders from social mediaIn a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that a North Carolina law prohibiting sex offenders from using social media was unconstitutional.

"The state has prosecuted more than 1,000 people under the law"

“A fundamental principle of the First Amendment is that all persons have access to places where they can speak and listen, and then, after reflection, speak and listen once more,” Justice Kennedy writes in the court’s decision, adding that digital spaces — including Facebook and Twitter, which the ban applied to — are also protected.

The case before the court focused on a sex offender prosecuted after posting on Facebook about beating a traffic ticket. “Man God is Good!” he wrote. “How about I got so much favor they dismissed...
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A North Carolina law banning convicted sex offenders from social media sites has been struck by down the Supreme Court. On Monday the justices ruled unanimously in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr., who bragged on Facebook about beating a traffic ticket, which led to his...

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