Dating site for sex offenders
Supreme Court has overturned a North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from using Facebook or other social networking sites that minors can join.
“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.” The justices sent the case back to the state Supreme Court to reverse its earlier decision.The law defines a “commercial social networking website” as one that derives revenue from membership fees or advertising, facilitates social introductions and allows users to create pages to post information.Though the law makes exceptions for websites that provide narrow services such as email, the three-judge N. appeals court panel that ruled in the case said it could prohibit a registered sex offender from accessing Google, Amazon or even a cooking TV channel website because the sites provide secondary social networking forums.Who do we allow to redeem themselves, and who do we condemn forever? At 15, Luke Heimlich committed a crime; he inappropriately touched a young female relative, age 6.He pled guilty and was sentenced to two years, which was served in a probated term.Investigators said they found a picture of Packingham on Facebook and determined he created the profile page, according to court documents. “Social media allows users to gain access to information and communicate with one another about it on any subject that might come to mind.” Though the ruling was unanimous, with new Justice Neil Gorsuch not participating, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas cautioned that Kennedy's "loose rhetoric" could prevent states from taking any measures to restrict convicted sex offenders on the internet.
His post was about a court’s resolution of a traffic ticket he had received. “This language is bound to be interpreted by some to mean that the states are largely powerless to restrict even the most dangerous sexual predators from visiting any internet sires, including for example internet dating sites,” Alito wrote for the three justices.
Level 1 and Level 2 offenders are required to submit updated photos every three years, while Level 3 offenders must submit updated photos annually.
Additionally, Level 3 offenders and those offenders designated sexual predators must personally verify their address every 90 days with law enforcement.
“He was excited to hear the results and glad the court respects the First Amendment rights of all people,” Gerding said.
This piece originally appeared at the National Association for Rational Sex Offense Laws site.
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