After Packingham, will Supreme Court take up Does v. Snyder?

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from accessing many popular social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, will the court take up a case involving other restrictions imposed by states on registered citizens? 

Writing for Bloomberg News, Jessica DaSilva says Arizona State University Law Professor Ira Ellman thinks a sentence tucked into the majority decision in the Packingham case, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, could signal the court’s intent to hear Does v. Snyder.

Parenthetically, Kennedy wrote: “Of importance, the troubling fact that the law imposes severe restrictions on persons who already have served their sentence and are no longer subject to the supervision of the criminal justice system is also not an issue before the Court.”

The word “troubling” indicates that the court might be willing to grant certiorari on the issue of sex offender restrictions, Ellman said.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found many of Michigan’s restrictions are unconstitutionally applied to citizens who have completed their sentences. Michigan has asked the Supreme Court to review the case. Stay tuned…

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