1. Justices to hear sex offender’s challenge to Facebook ban

Justices to hear sex offender’s challenge to Facebook ban

The Supreme Court will take up a free-speech challenge to a North Carolina law banning registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites that minors can join.

By: | Washington | Published: October 29, 2016 1:56 AM
The justices on Friday agreed to review a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law.  (Reuters) The justices on Friday agreed to review a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law. (Reuters)

The Supreme Court will take up a free-speech challenge to a North Carolina law banning registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites that minors can join.

The justices on Friday agreed to review a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law. The high court acted on an appeal from Lester Packingham, who was convicted of violating the law after maintaining a Facebook account under a different name.

A lower state court had found the law violated free-speech rights by preventing a wide range of communication.

Packingham initially was convicted in 2002 of taking indecent liberties with a child in Carbarrus County near Charlotte. He was convicted in 2012 of violating the social networking law after police in Durham found his Facebook page.

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