Judge Shuts Down La.'s Social Media Ban For Sex Offenders

Law360, New York (February 16, 2012, 10:08 PM EST) -- A federal judge on Thursday said Louisiana's law banning sex offenders convicted of crimes involving children from using social media such as Facebook and Myspace is unconstitutional, finding the law amounts to a near-total ban on Internet access.

U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson said the law — which prohibits sex offenders previously convicted of crimes involving juveniles or minors from using or accessing social networking sites, chat rooms or peer-to-peer networks — violates the offenders' First Amendment rights because it is overbroad, and voided the...
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