Reply To: Packingham: Unanimous Court strikes NC’s social media ban


Will, I am not an attorney so I cannot provide any particularized legal advice. All I can say is what I’ve been saying. I don’t believe Tennessee has a social networking ban as a part of general registration requirements. So, if you are prevented from accessing social media then that is because it’s a condition of whatever form of post-release status you currently have. The Packingham decision does not affect people on probation or parole or any other form of sentence. It only applies to people who are “off paper” and then only in states where there is a social media ban (which does not include TN, insofar as I know). If you feel that you have a case, by all means, take it to court. The Packingham decision may be very helpful as a persuasive case. But the outcome in Packingham DOES NOT provide any kind of relief to anyone on probation. PERIOD! That’s the end of the analysis. There are no further “what ifs” to consider.