Analysis: Justices skeptical of social media restrictions for sex offenders

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Packingham v. North Carolina, a challenge to a North Carolina law that prohibits registered sex offenders from accessing social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. Amy Howe, at scotusblog.com, writes that many of the Justices appeared skeptical of the law. Justice Elena Kagan suggested thatContinue reading “Analysis: Justices skeptical of social media restrictions for sex offenders”

Supreme Court to hear Packingham case next week

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next week that could impact the First Amendment rights of registered sex offenders nationwide. The Marshall Project’s Andrew Cohen takes a closer look at the Packingham case. Lester Gerard Packingham was having a really good day back on April 27, 2010. The North Carolina man had justContinue reading “Supreme Court to hear Packingham case next week”

Lawsuit says NC registry has gone too far

Another lawsuit has been filed challenging a state’s sex offender registration laws, this time in North Carolina. Two registrants are named in the lawsuit. The offenders contend that North Carolina’s law violates the U.S. Constitution by imposing added penalties after conviction and sentencing, for example by extending the years an offender must register. The lawsuitContinue reading “Lawsuit says NC registry has gone too far”