Sex Offenders Challenge Law To Not Use The Internet

The introduction to the below video says:

“Attorney David Allen discusses a case which is headed to the US Supreme Court. He provides insight to the various arguments as to why a sex offender should be prevented from using social media as well as those arguments in favor of allowing the predator to use social media. The US federal court system is dealing with these cases in various ways.”

Taking interest in this, I looked to see what is happening in Illinois.  In October 2016, the highest court in the State of Illinois upheld a law that requires sex offenders to disclose information about their internet identities and websites.

In a unanimous decision authored by Justice Charles E. Freeman, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a provision of the Sex Offender Registration Act survived First Amendment scrutiny because it bolsters the government’s interest in protecting the public without restricting more speech than necessary.

In an 18-page opinion, the court discussed a handful of federal district courts who have found similar statutes unconstitutional and wrote that although sex offender laws can have “a lasting and painful effect” on those they regulate, those consequences stem from the convictions rather than forced disclosure of their personal information.

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5 Responses to Sex Offenders Challenge Law To Not Use The Internet

  1. A certain cyberharasser is begging and pleading CBS 48 hours to do an episode on “his story”

    (tweets to 48 hours)

    However, as usual, “his story” is a complete fabrication and has no connection to reality
    (court order dismissing his washington case because 1) the records are not exempt 2) the records are not confidential 3) the restraining order has no application to the case and 4) he made effort at all to ever make a valid case)

    Washington Attorney General repeatedly had to advise the court that the R/O does not apply and even worse he wasted the Attorney General and the courts time by never even attempting to make a valid case.

    It really is unbelievable how comfortable he has gotten with lying through his teeth about literally everything

    And on top of it has the audacity to ask CBS to do a television show about him

    • Xena says:

      No professional journalist is going to report his story because it will be difficult presenting a convicted felon who has been unemployed for years, as a victim.

  2. crustyolemothman says:

    As I sit and consider the number of congressmen and senators that have been forced to either resign or were charged with a crime involving sex with members of the same sex or with unwilling persons. I can’t help but wonder if they have been held to the same standards that other non powerful members of our society have been. How many of them have lost the right to use the internet for their crimes?
    I must question the need to prevent access to the internet to persons who have been charged with sex crimes that did not involve the use of a computer. I would fully support the ban on access for those using the internet to commit crimes, however unless it is/was used in the commission of those crimes, I would question the punishment as fair and balanced…

    • Xena says:

      It will be interesting research to discover how many politicians have resigned because of sexual assault.

      I agree with you regarding the use of computers when it did not involve the sex crimes.

  3. Xena says:

    Here’s the update on the SCOTUS’s decision. They found that the ban violates the constitution.

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