Supreme Court asked to review Illinois sex offender case

Lawyers for an Illinois man are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case to determine the constitutionality of that state’s law requiring registered sex offenders to report all Internet activity to authorities.

In a petition filed with the nation’s highest court, lawyers for Mark Minnis, 24, are asking for a review of whether offenders’ First Amendment rights are violated by a requirement that they report all internet activity to police who then disclose that information to the public.

Minnis was 16 when he was deemed a delinquent juvenile in 2010 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. He was required to register as a sex offender for 10 years for criminal sexual abuse, a misdemeanor offense.

In August 2014, Minnis was charged with failure to register as a sex offender, a felony, after he failed to include a previously disclosed Facebook account on a registration form.

A judge initially dismissed the charges and ruled the law unconstitutional, but the Illinois Supreme Court reversed that decision last year.

Read more about the case here.

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