Judge Backs Registry of the Registerers; Idea Might Go National

The state has shown us that it really is easy to put just about anyone’s picture out there on the internet. So it is heartwarming to learn that a judge has ruled in favor of a former sex offender who posts photos of court employees. It gets a point across.

A District of Columbia Superior Court judge ruled on January 28 that a convicted sex offender can distribute and post photos of court employees online to protest the city’s sex offender registry. Dennis Sobin, a former pornographer who served more than a decade in prison for a sexual performance using a minor, posted the photos of employees from D.C.’s Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) on idiotsregistry.info saying that sex-offender registries are unfair.

A court employee filed for a civil protection order, accused him of stalking and asked the court to have Sobin to remove her photo. But Judge Todd E. Edelman said that Sobin’s actions were protected by the First Amendment.

Click here to see the national registry of registerers. If you know of politicians or public figures in your region who have encouraged the creation of, or have refused to denounce, government registration websites that target citizens for harassment, please send their names to be added to this list. You can email these names to Staff@SafeStreetsArts.org.

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