Legal Update

Legal Update

Restricting Sex Offenders’ Access to Social Media Web Sites Violates First Amendment Larry E. Holtz, Esq.  “To foreclose access to social media altogether is to prevent the user from engaging in the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights.” In Packingham v. North Carolina, 137 S.Ct. 1730 (2017), the United States Supreme Court addressed a North Carolina statute making it a felony for any registered sex offender to gain access to “a commercial social networking Web site where the sex offender…

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